“The figurative dimension of analogy is most fruitful where our perplexity exceeds univocal determination.” Desmond, The Voiding of Being, 54.

April evening.

Having reached the breakwater

and heard the high tide

crumble and reform

wave on wave, that summer nap-

time consolation,

when out of the blue

an almost human duck call

broke the spell, just once,

the almost pierces

and becalms. O shadow of

the most, the first stars.

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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