Game Enjambment is a reoccurring poetry series on games and gaming.

Doki Doki Literature Club! has quickly become one of the internet’s favorite games. Disguised as a cute visual novel where the player joins his best friend’s new literature club, it drops its innocent facade after less than an hour of gameplay. I made the mistake of not knowing anything about this game before I played it.

Content note for suicide.

Doki Doki Literature Club!, Dan Salvato, Team Salvato, 2017

I was told that the
heartbeat went “doki doki.”
Someone told me wrong.

Instead, the sound is
closer to screams, an echo,
a rope hanging down,

a ripped cord from the
ceiling. I knew I should have
walked with her to school.

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