Typewriter Rodeo: A Tribute to Typewriters

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem.

By Sean PetrieAugust 4, 2023 10:00 am, ,

If there’s one thing we know about the folks at Typewriter Rodeo, it’s that they’re into expressing themselves through poetry. But why via typewriters? And not just any ol’ electric typewriter — but vintage, manual typewriters. This poem explores that.

A Tribute to Typewriters

In this day and age
Of worshipping screens
Of words that are fleeting
Digital dreams
Give me some CLACK!
Give me lines that PERSIST!
Not glowing electrons
That barely exist
I want to FEEL my words
I want to make them true
I want them to sink in
Like a well-earned tattoo
I want to own my mistakes
Not hem and haw
Or hide behind a delete key —
I want my words raw
With this paper and ink
I can’t correct
I can do so much more
I can connect.

A photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of yellowish paper. The paper rests on a teal vintage typewriter

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