”In the between we are thrown down, but also thrown above, being thrown above the between. Hence the suggestion that the hyperboles communicate more than the terms of immanence can circumscribe.” William Desmond, The Voiding of Being (2020), XXX


The impossible

blue of the Bay this winter

day, the purity

of the bottom of

a flame. Nobody out to

see gold-tipped cord grass,

ducks in the distance.

Light a match and you

will see this blue, but not

the inscape of cold,

not cloudless skies o-

pen to depths of ultramarine

hyperbolic blue.

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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