”As creatures of the edge, if we want to get closer to the wild, we have to come to it alone …” Robert Bringhurst Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Change (with Jan Zwicky; 2018)

Absently I walk

into the gutturals of

Canadian geese

in the grass above

high tide. They go silent, stare

me down. I back off.

An infinite look

crosses the Autumn threshold.

The silence deepens.


Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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