By Claire Polders

I smother the moth in a jar, just to see it shrivel. But at night the moth revives, ghosting my dreams and infesting my imagination. One day, I awake to the sound of crinkling paper, and the moth, an infinite origami of stories, wraps its wings around my mouth.


Claire Polders is a Dutch novelist. Her debut in English, A Whale in Paris, is a novel for younger readers and was released in May 2018 (Atheneum/Simon&Schuster). Find news and more of her published short prose (stories, essays, flash, and micros) at

Art by Lesley C. Weston (Digital collage)

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