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Remington Rand 5

I just purchased a 1935 portable manual typewriter…
a Remington Rand 5. A thing of beauty, all black and mechanical
it’s brought back, in one fell swoop, the joys of hearing thoughts
to the clattering accompaniment of letters onto paper.

Here’s a poem that was its first use:

The thing that’s good
about the sound
of old steel slapping ink
is that it’s the sound of thought
that’s just escaped the mind.

It’s not like the thought
that nicely spews
all tidy on the screen
but thoughts that jump
from out your head
onto the waiting page.


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