Typewriter Rodeo: Pride

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

By Rebecca BendheimJune 7, 2024 12:36 pm, ,

June is Pride Month, and the inspiration for this week’s poem:


It’s an eyeshadow rainbow
perfected in a foggy mirror
sparkling under streetlights
A kid with a half-shaved head
reaching their little hand out
for the free rainbow fan
Old women holding each other
in the rev of their motorcycle engine
and it’s one line
in a beat-up journal
ripped out, crumpled up,
thrown away
but you wrote it down
you know for sure
that, in itself
is a beginning

A photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half-sheet of beige paper

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