Sunday, October 15, 2006

Typed Memorium for Inkpen Poetry     [gnomic nostrum]

The computer keyboard helped kill shorthand, and now it's threatening to finish off longhand.
-- The Handwriting Is on the Wall: Researchers See a Downside as Keyboards Replace Pens in Schools (Washington Post, October 11, 2006)

Poets who wrote in ink   could also think in ink
(I type these words at 14 points   in a Georgia font)
O smears and jags of ink   if a pen were on the blink
whatever you wrote at least weren't lost   one could be spont
  on a mountain trail with a paper scrap in pocket
  you'd just have to plug into the cosmic socket


Blogger david raphael israel said...

A couple of friendly respondants on Caferati took exception to my neologism "spont" (meaning "spontaneous") in this poem. I composed this by way of reply --


Friends who don't groove with "spont" have had their say
one naturally takes such opinions   on advisement
it's a word I've used before   I enjoy its play
that views may differ   doesn't arouse surprisement
does the poem's chance occasion for stray invention
quite derail the train from its track of rhetorical play?
was the spont caboose not aligned with the verse's engine?
friends who don't groove with "spont" have had their say


Thu Oct 19, 07:20:00 AM PDT  

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