bend it back

until pressed

against sheets

& its own form

slot steel limbs

in creases and folds—

forget the

virgin shape

here comes the small death:

trashed wire

too complex,

too many steps

throw it away

“paperclip” is inspired by aspects of defamiliarization in miniature.
— Anna Stabb


Anna Stabb is a third-year Anthropology and English student at the University of Toronto. Anna is an avid birdwatcher and book reader.