”For inherently language-using animals, managing the relation between one’s attained and unattained states (call it one’s self-relation) must involve managing one’s relation to one’s words.” Stephen Mulhall, The Great Riddle, 85.

“In the pursuit of universal sameness, whether scientific or aesthetic, equivocal differences keep reappearing—testament to the recurrent rhythm of likening and unlikening in the unfoldment of things.” Desmond, Voiding of Being, 62.

There was a she, come

out of the blizzard to rest

on my book. She sang.

She turned and danced, looked

me in the eye. Black and white,

she held it open.

I said, ”You’re Grammar,

right? We will marry, have kids.”

She said, “You got that

right. I need your love.”

She bobbs and coos and keeps my

heart young and racing.

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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