“To be brought to the realization that we must change our lives, we must experience meaning. We must feel that hinge opening: our life could be this life.” Jan Zwicky, Alkibiades’ Love, 280.


A good abstraction

positively glows in its


A transparent cloud

makes everything whole today,

bay and sky. It sheds

from its eminence

identity on small things—

black rocks and white gulls.

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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