Typewriter Tech

I bought a vintage Webster manual typewriter the other day. I’d had my eye out for one on a good deal ever since watching A Place of Truth about Abi Mott, a wandering poet that writes poems for tips. I didn’t think I’d actually enjoy writing on it, but I thought it would make a good performance prop. Today I opened it up and fiddled with it.

At first I couldn’t imagine using it for writing. This little Webster is cute, but I really had to slam the keys down to get it to write. I set it out on the picnic table outside and asked Mr. Smith to give me a topic for a poem on demand. In the middle of changing the RV’s water filter, he suggested “filtered water.”

I started typing, slamming keys down, creating a poem. The sun was setting, and a dragonfly swooped me, pausing for a moment on the Webster to watch. My fingers didn’t glide across the keys like on my computer, but there was something alluring in the feeling that I was building a poem physically. By the poem’s end, I was feeling fond of the clunky way of writing. I gave him his poem, on actual paper, the only copy in the world.

I doubt I’ll ever be writing a book on “Webster,” but I can see bringing him along to book signings. I love the idea of poetry as an interactive effort between reader and writer. I want to come up with a series of poems created in different environments, inspired by a variety of people.

Who knows where Webster and I might go? All I know for now is I like him a lot more than I thought I would.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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One Response to Typewriter Tech

  1. Helen Teasdale says:

    LOVELY poem

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