Johannes Auer

Issue 14 · Fall 2014

Kill the Poem is a work of digital poetry written in German by Johannes Auers in 1997; the original can be found here. Readers are invited to use the gun on the left to kill the poem bullet by bullet until the gun alone is left. With a combination of the same seven words, the poem seems to be nonsense at first. However, new possibilities of meaning are created by the gaps that appear after each shot.

The entire work consists of 22 gif files and a sound effect of the gunshot with simple HTML and JavaScript code.

Translation to English by Qianxun Chen.