”We are led more clearly to see the insentient as sentient and the submission of self to be a disciplined action of individual will.” Martin Dubois on The Windover in his study of Hopkins

As the bay darkens,

the last of this year’s sunlight

glows in the dried grass.

Blessed are the poor

in spirit. That radiance,

cobalt water, cold

wind—they compose me

to know my own nothingness

in the moment’s mix.

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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