”The idea of power as something to be ‘exercised over’ other things cannot arise within a lyric comprehension of the world.” Jan Swicky LYRIC PHILOSOPHY §285
Poetry comes to be as we abandon our point of view.

My attention is

held this very gray day when

ducks form a dark line

in the gray water.

The ducks look unimpressed as

I take a picture.

My hand trembles from

the cold or the excitement—

five ducks all lined up.

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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