”Hopkins described a line of fir trees as ’melodious’ and the long shoulder of a hill as a ’slow tune.’ Melodies are where gestalt epistemology started; they are paradigmatic examples of gestalts.” Jan Zwicky, The Experience of Meaning (2019), 55.

I see beautiful

things and wonder if I’m meant

to. My dozing cat.

It becomes about

me— I must change my life, lose

my point of view, be

other. Short of that,

life has melodies that will

shape us if we sing.

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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