“There is nothing absolutely univocal about the aesthetic givenness of the world.” Desmond, The Voiding of Being, 61.


In the luminous

light of early April, pools

of clouds in the cove

compete with the ducks

floating there. I squint and sigh.

I’m all attention.

The clouds reflected,

the ducks simple. Ecstasy

alone lets them be.

“Back to the rough ground!”

Ducks’ days numbered in the cloud-

capped Anthropocene.

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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