This poem was inspired in part by my recent reading of Craig Dworkin's No Medium. The book is an extensive scholarly study on "nothing". Really a great book too. My only disappointment was there was no mention of Paul Taylor's famous Seven New Dances, where the dancers stood perfectly still through the entire performance.
Among a number of fascinating insights, the book offers a great approach for considering the expectations of the audience when approaching a work of art and how that encounter is most drastically confounded when the audience actually encounters nothing in the presentation. It is a dramatic leap beyond the "Open Expression" employed in countless imaginative ways by the New York School of Poets.