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.
The name “nothing” 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.