Comments: Poetry Kills

I vote it's because poets are traditionally drunks. Didn't some famous ancient Chinese poet die trying to hug his own reflection in the water while he was soused to his figurative gills?

Posted by Victor at April 22, 2004 06:45 AM

I believe you're thinking of Narcissus:

Posted by Harvey at April 22, 2004 09:05 AM

No, I know the myth of Narcissus. It seems I was thinking of Li-Po (also Li T'ai Po) and he was trying to embrace the moon's reflection in water.

Posted by Victor at April 24, 2004 09:04 PM

Forgot the link. Anyway, my point was Chinese poets die alcohol-related deaths.

Posted by Victor at April 24, 2004 09:05 PM