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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Carriage Return

 

Give the children manual

Typewriters

Show them how you can type an “I”

And there you are

Imprinted like an old aunt’s kiss

You can’t wipe away.

Immediate. Deadly.

No clicking the print button

When you’ve got it just right.

Give them the snap of thought

The slap of leveraged language

The stick, jam, smudge of

Immediacy and imperfection.

Make them pick cotton row by row

With long articulated fingers

And leave behind stark black stems

Of love and regret.

Show them how something inside

Keeps ringing a bell.

                                         

                                  Randy Parker