” ‘ Loving attention, John [John of the Cross] writes, ‘happens when the soul’s discursive acts and meditations cease.’ ” Simone Kotva, Effort and Grace (Bloomsbury), 155.

Too cold by the cove

so I turned up Broad Street and

walked past the lit shops.

So, walking in town

requires Stoic attention;

Nothing distracts you.

In the last cold block,

I saw the convenience

store and bought ice cream.

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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