What You Should Do If You Come Into Contact With Poetry

If you come into contact with poetry, always treat it as potentially infectious.

If you prick yourself with a used poem, hold the affected limb down low to get it to bleed. Do not squeeze the wound or soak it in bleach. Wash the area with warm water and soap.

If you are splashed with an image or metaphor and your skin has an open wound, healing sore, or scratch, wash the area well with soap and water. If you are splashed in the eyes, nose or mouth, rinse well with water. If you have been bitten by a poet, wash the wound with soap and water.

If you feel any emotions after exposure to poetry, go to the hospital emergency department as soon as possible. Reporting the incident immediately after exposure can help to ensure that as much evidence as possible is obtained, to prevent the poet from writing again.

If you have come into contact with poetry in any of the ways described above, you may need a vaccine or medication as soon as possible to protect against infection. It is important that you are assessed as soon as possible after the contact.

Liked it? Take a second to support Jonathan Ball on Patreon!

Jonathan Ball is a writer, filmmaker, and scholar living at www.jonathanball.com.

Liked it? Take a second to support Jonathan Ball on Patreon!
I want to send you my best new work.

I want to send you my best new work.

Every week, I will send you my best new page, and tell you about how I wrote it. I'll share resources I used, techniques you could try, and other behind-the-scenes information and writing advice.

Liked it? Take a second to support Jonathan Ball on Patreon!

Join the Conversation!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.