“In the Investigations Wittgenstein explains that ’grammar tells what kind of object anything is’ because grammar expresses its ’essence’ (as Spinoza might say), or better, its connections.” Kallenberg, Ethics as Grammar, 109.

A right robin on

the lawn, a flash of burnt orange

on packed, cement-gray

lawn. Why am I glad

to run into this silent

bird this evening?

As still as a stone,

you hold the key to tonight’s

walk. It’s hard to read

in this failing light

the meaning when nonsense and

things hang together.

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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