Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009: Achraf Kassioui via Notcot

How to Read Instructions

Match the pieces to their images.
Count them, the fittings and the tools
with which to fit them.

Match the number of parts
to the number of parts listed on the page.

Lay out all the materials,
reserving a you-shaped spot amongst them.

These directions are in
another language. Search
for your mother tongue in the instructions.

Look for any image
to dangle from, a caption
or a warning of a product's dangers.

Assembly can be hazardous.
Take up any two metal fragments,

press them into one another.
Fasten that onto one of the rough-edged

boards. Lose the Allen wrench
in the plush of the carpet, but fear
not, there are six Allen wrenches,

seven if you count the one lolling
in the bottom of the box like a penny
in a parking meter.

When there are no more parts to join
or misplace, look at the picture
on the front of the box

and ask yourself, what in the world
have you made?


  1. Good evening,

    I think you really deserve a contact button. How do I contact you ? I wish to ask you the permission to publish the poem next to the drawings - now on they lack your wondering instructions.


  2. I like this poem. It reminds me of many building projects, usually a book shelf, and it goes wonderfully with the drawings.


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