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To Cut

by Robin Moss

Robin Moss has an MA in linguistics and writes poetry and short fiction. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, three sons and three cats. She teaches and organizes writing courses and craft-focused literature discussions for dedicated writers outside the academic writing community. 

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “To Cut”? 

This poem was inspired by a discussion of particulars and universals in The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell, which says:

 “When, for example, we hear the sentence, ‘Charles I’s head was cut off’, we may naturally enough think of Charles I, of Charles I’s head, and of the operation of cutting off his head, which are all particulars; but we do not naturally dwell upon what is meant by the word ‘head’ or the word ‘cut’, which is a universal.” 

I read that and thought, Well, what happens if we do dwell upon the word “cut?”

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Congrats to the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.”

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