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.

This poem contains spoilers for the game’s “twist.”

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

What scared me was not
that Monika was awake.
Neither did her love

push me away. No:
It was the way their faces
snapped, shattering fast.

A twisted head. A
glitch. Memories gone far from

this place. I was


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