Form is Double, with a Poem by Guillevic


GUILLEVIC, Selected Poems trans. Levertov (New Directions, 1968)

Form is double: first, the shapes of the words on the page, bearing the traces of the author and the many dimensions of her creative spirit. Second, the form that emerges in the time of the poem, emerges with the impersonality of the astonishing singularity of a butterfly.

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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