Dividing Zero
Dividing Zero

Dividing Zero

Appears in Spring 2010 Issue: The story
March 1 st 2010

Dividing one makes two,
and so on. But dividing zero?
“Nothing can come of nothing,”
Lear laments—and yet, as you

know, God’s signature’s here.
Where zero was, is one, then two:
two lights, moon and sun;
then man and woman;

two brothers, two kingdoms—
then one, one stump, one shoot,
a branch bowed down with fruit.
So where zero becomes one,

two, then many, many again
are one in whom “neither slave
nor free, male nor female”:
a new nation, ex nihilo.

Aaron Belz
Aaron Belz

Aaron Belz is a poet and essayist who has published work across a spectrum of journals, such as Books & Culture, The Washington Post, Boston Review, Paste, Fence, McSweeney's, and Fine Madness. He has published two books of poems, The Bird Hoverer (BlazeVOX, 2007) and Lovely, Raspberry (Persea, 2010), and a third collection is forthcoming from Persea. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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