Unwritten

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June 20, 2016 by The Citron Review

by Claire Guyton

 

Start with just one word. Work yourself into its edges. Wedge your fingers into the tight crease between word and thought. There is space, there?

You feel it yawning, now? The drop?

Find a hold. And peel it off, the word. Behind it is proto-thought. Unthink-thought, neverthought-think. This is a place called nothing.

Wait. No.

The name β€œnothing” cannot apply because even nothing is too much something. This is a place with no name at all. This is not a place.

Put it back. Smooth it down. Seal those edges.

Don’t go there again.

 

Claire’s micros are forthcoming or have appeared in CHEAP POP, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Mid-American Review, River Styx, and elsewhere. She was the Maine Arts Commission’s 2012 Literary Fellow, and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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  1. […] As a thank you to the editors, I’ll be covering in my first Market Monday posts the magazines that have been kind enough to publish me. Today I’m spotlighting The Citron Review, which published two of my micros this past summer, “Waiting” and “Unwritten.” […]

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