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Instructions From A Serial Killer

I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.
- H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer.

after the first four,
you keep score on the bedroom wall/
an etch for each bitch/

no room in your head
to host the dead/
she will grow on you, like cancer
laying claim to your brain/

let the dead bury the dead,
but leave her eyes and remains open
to sudden hands,

the way your rope
strains the death mask
as your knife, eloquent
and rehearsed so often,
quills a stark grammar
on her face,
parts speech from death/

what drives the artist
becomes his method/
you learn to feed off registers
of rage, violence of art,

and there will be no finer moment
than this spell
that keeps you singing hours after
the trespass of sleep,
dyeing of sheets/

after the first four,
you are your past,
memories picked off bodies/
you no longer care
what is asked of you
to get it right

but to wait,
gather your wits about you
and wait/

another siren calling forth the chase/

By Felix Cheong

QLRS Vol. 1 No. 3 Apr 2002


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  Other Poems in this Issue

The New Babel
By Leonard Schwartz.

By Ng Shing Yi.

The Schoolgirl Kills Herself After Failing An Exam
By Gilbert Koh.

Old Folks Home
By Gilbert Koh.

The Couple Next Door
By Gilbert Koh.

Train Ride to Singapore
By Gilbert Koh.

By Low Ying Ping.

Dutch Disease
By Peng-Ean Khoo.

Hors Duh
By Peter Loh.

Mountain Air
By Jerome Kugan.

Grandmother, The Bride
By Karen Low.


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