When We Started

Abigail Wotton

When we started
we used only the most beautiful words.
We looked them up.
We strung them together.

Then we read about minimalism
and simplicity.
And getting to the point.
And stripping words away
like adjectives and adverbs.
Wanting to reveal what was underneath.

“To tell the truth,” they said.
“That is the goal, and you can do that
in fewer words than that.”
Not knowing yet that that was exactly the point.

Abigail Wotton

Abigail Wotton is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction at the University of Idaho. She has been published in 805 Lit+Art, Kaaterskill Literary Basin, The Somerville Times, and Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene.


When we started we used only the most beautiful words. We looked them up. We strung them together. Then we read about minimalism and simplicity. And getting to the point. And stripping words away like adjectives and adverbs. Wanting to reveal what was underneath. “To tell the truth,” they said. “That is the goal, and …

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