Typewriter Rodeo: My Name

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

By Bianca Alyssa PérezJune 16, 2023 9:46 am, , ,

Who are you? How do you anchor yourself? What’s in, as they say, a name? It’s something to ponder and explore in this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

My name

Out here I am a spinning wheel of
kaleidoscope beams bursting
while my bare feet sweep
Texas grass, blades of a world bending
with me
I am not sure what wakes up first…
the light over the clouds or this
necessary unyielding

At my chest is a heaviness that
lingers long but,
like the world with its vicious
mass, I am still here spinning despite
amethyst oblivion

I am not scared to bring
all the wind with me as it
calls my name

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of yellow paper


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