Nothing

If you’ve got nowhere to go, start here. You’ll like nothing better. Welcome to the website for nothing, a daily journal of poetry. Sometimes hourly. Each issue features not a single thing that you or anyone else has written. Each page is devoid of all writing, even devoid of page numbers, but especially devoid of poetry. Instead, each page is filled with the ultimate void. You can’t avoid it. Nor can you void it. This page is good for nothing. Explore this site to learn more about nothing. Or maybe you’ll learn nothing.

Current Issue

We thought our current issue was procrastination, but that’s a future issue. Maybe. We’ll have to think about that. Click to view the latest.

saying nothing . . .

the guest, the host

the white chrysanthemum

—Ryota Oshima

Editor of Nothing

Nothing is edited by Michael Dylan Welch, whose motto, at least today, is “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.” As the Semi-Grand Poobah of Nothing, Michael is more or less qualified to do this job. After all, there’s nothing to it.


Publisher of Nothing

Brought to you proudly by the Department of Redundancy Department at the University of Nothing at Peapack, also known as Peapack University of Nothing (PUN). Actually, publishing nothing takes a whole universe, except for the bits where there’s something. But please think nothing of it. And if you think nothing is not good enough for you, then you clearly need 200% of Nothing. + + +


Please also subscribe to our sister journal, Next to Nothing. However, because of its persistently blatant overstatement, we recommend avoiding our rival journal, Absolutely Nothing.


Nothing to See Here, Move Along

  • “Nothing happening here, move along.” —Doc Searls

  • “Nothin’ matters, and what if it did?” —John Cougar Mellencamp

  • “This is perfect for poets with nothing between their ears.” —Albert “Trust the Internet” Einstein

  • “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie the Pooh

  • “I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that is poetry as I need it.” —John Cage +

  • “The way of contemplation is not even a way, and if one follows it, what he finds is nothing.” —Thomas Merton

  • “Like nothing on earth.” —Barnum and Bailey

  • “Learn something by being nothing.” —Mary Oliver, “Entering the Kingdom”

  • “Nothing is more real than nothing.” —Samuel Beckett

  • “Mu.” —Buddhists here and there +

  • “Poetry makes nothing happen.” —W. H. Auden

  • “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” —Plato

  • “We can see subtlety in constant nothingness.” —Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • “Nothing is little to him who feels it with great sensibility.” —Samuel Johnson

  • “The listener beholds nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” —Wallace Stevens

  • “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” —Calvin & Hobbes +

  • “When you have nothing, throw it away.” —adaptation of Master Joshu

  • “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” —Marie Curie

  • “Nothing is more to the point than a good digression.” Ralph Caplan

  • The bliss of nothingness.Chikamatsu, 1703

  • “I love to talk about nothing. It’s the only thing I know anything about.” —Oscar Wilde

  • Ex nihilo nihil fit.—Parmenides +

  • “I said nothing and nothing said it all.” —Michael Linburg (in Pocket Lint #2, July 2021)

  • “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • “We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” —Leo Tolstoy

  • “I’ve spent my life on nothing.” —Lorine Neidecker

  • “You can find perfect peace if you desire nothing.” —Kobun Otagawa

  • “When there’s nothing to do, then do nothing.” —Ajahn Brahm +

  • “I love to work at nothing all day.” —Randy Bachman

  • “Nothing’s going to come to you by sitting around and waiting for it.” —Zoe Kazan

  • “Everything is nothing with a twist.” —Kurt Vonnegut

  • “It often shows a fine command of language to say nothing.” —Anonymous +

  • “No moon, no finger—nothing there at all.” —Ryōkan

  • “We start, then, with nothing.” —Charles S. Peirce

  • “Saying nothing sometimes says the most.” —Emily Dickinson

  • “Nothing is born, nothing dies.” —Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier

  • “There is nothing to be done.” —Campbell McGrath

  • “Develop a mind that clings to nothing.” —Diamond Sutra

  • “A witty saying proves nothing.” —Voltaire

  • “Thanks for nothing.” —Adoring Fans Everywhere + + + + +

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