“The between is not approached in a diadic way, nor in a dialectical way: there is fluidity of interplay between the so-called natural and the philosophical attitudes that is closer to the Socratic-Platonic practice of dialectic.” Desmond, The Voiding of Being, 200.

O there you are, mute

swans, dazzling in spring sunshine,

as if you never

left. You make the bay

blue. You come and go, while war

petrifies our hearts.

Your irrelevance

makes nonsense of all the non-

sense on every side.

Above all, wrestlers

of available light, you

renew our belief.

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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