”Or, as Robert Bringhurst has noted, you can walk the path where seizures have been known to occur, but you can’t make poetry happen to you.” Jan Zwicky, The Experience of Meaning, 31.


Above timberline

as a child I learned to sit

as still as a stone.

I imagined wild

things would take me for granted,

a kind of nothing.

A one-way conver-

sation. The wild expresses

itself without words.

A lizard breathing

on the granite outcrop made

me so self-conscious.

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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