”How does one address what falls outside reason’s caricatures, that eludes language’s efforts to circumscribe, that has no being if being is equal to comprehensibility, espiability of form?” Tim Lilburn in Zwicky, Wisdom and Metaphor #53

All day and all night

snowmelt gluts downspouts, drains, and

gutters with mutter.

Civil engineers

know where to put this muchness

and we pay them well.

A sudden silence

can reveal what we’ve done to

the wild words we share.

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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