Typewriter Rodeo: Post-Midnight Internet Report

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

By David FruchterSeptember 15, 2017 3:26 pm,

We’ve all wandered down wormholes or rabbit trails while surfing the Internet. Sometimes, the surprises are delightful. Sometimes, not so much.

Past-Midnight Internet Report

like a flickering light

in the corner

of my vision


that first puppy video

catches me


in this one, they’re just

running into things

over and over


i feel for them


then they’re sitting on cats

hilariously unmoved

by the experience


but the sidebar opens

a pandora’s box

of bullying videos


a quick hit

of rough justice,

delivered without context


and now i’m in deep


a short step leads

to various stripes of interaction

between police

and other people


the roles of victim, persecutor

righteous and evil


and oft exchanged


and that sick feeling grows

in my belly


finally exhausted eyes

see hands close the machine

Produced by Laura Rice and Leah Scarpelli.