Typewriter Rodeo: Everyday Poets

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

By Sean PetrieApril 22, 2022 11:08 am, ,

To wrap up National Poetry Month, Texas Standard is collecting your short poems about Texas. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem. Click here to record your poem here and we may use it on the radio.

Everyday Poets

It’s really just
Flung on a page
In only the way
You can

Yup some folks
Demand fancy quatrains
Sonnets and perfect meter

And if that’s your style
But just like some folks
Prefer vanilla
To mint chocolate chip
To Cherry Garcia
Has their own poetry flavor
And your words could be elegant
Or they could waddle
You could write about hope!
Or an axolotl

Your lines could be dull
Or sparkle like jewels
The great thing about poetry?
There are no rules

So get out that typewriter
Computer or pen
Don’t overthink it
Just begin!

You don’t need a degree
Or permission to start
To be a poet?
Just write, from the heart.

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn piece of paper

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