“Must we consider a vertical analogical thinking rather than one defined by horizontal analogies?” Desmond, Voiding of Being. 83.

I wrote today be-

cause I had nothing to say.

The sky is sooty.

The streets glow with snow.

Ice makes them treacherous to

us who go on foot.

Once in the pub, I

felt more like all the others

with something to say.

O face in the crowd,

dark beautiful face in the crowd,

just listen to us!

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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