Instructions on How to Kill a Poet

by khepa
originally published at 07:25PM on Sunday, July 08, 2007

First of all, read all the works. It is crucial to understand the words, to get a feel for the ideas created in the solitude which can be used in our advantage so that we can arrive in the solitary escape and find our target, alone in deep thoughts, the most vulnerable place for a poet. Second, observe the poet carefully in this natural habitat. Although alone, the words will surely be his or her strongest weapon, an obstacle for us. The more familiar we are with the nuances, the easier it would be to find the blank stare and break the rhythm, gently and calmly. Hesitation is our weakest link, as the poet thrives on those moments, those stammering thoughts, those precious glimpses that can be thrown towards us like bullets. And yes, surely, one can use the gun. But afterwards, remember to burn the books. All of them.




  • from khepa:

    This is the style of the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar.

  • from Laine the Grey:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this.

  • from Aspiring_reader:

    Very powerful on first reading. A favourite. Another one. I love your many different facets.