poetry

vintage fun

So in the shuffle of going away, coming home and then getting sick, the news of a wondrous arrival was lost:


My typewriter came!

I’ve been thinking for awhile about how I wanted to try composing on a typewriter – something about the satisfying clack of keys, I think. I’ve heard other contemporary poets like to do it, too (someone recently mentioned they thought Tony Hoagland is a typewriter fan). I followed a few on eBay to get a sense of pricing for awhile, and then found this item, a vintage Royal Quiet De Luxe, listed for $9.99 + shipping. Sweet deal, I thought – and I was right. Total spent to get the thing to my house: less than $30.00. And she works like a charm.

I’ve also gathered most of the other materials needed for making the bible-poems-books. I have a ream of onion skin paper waiting for me (though I’ll need more, I’m sure), and after some conversations with mybinding.com, I received my samples of the leatherette covers, which will do very nicely. I settled on a title, Imprimatur, and I started fiddling with layout ideas last night. I also tried typing out a few samples on the onion skin:


So far, so good – though I definitely will need lots of practice.

The project will be labor intensive – I’m looking at doing a limited edition run, so probably 40 copies of the manuscript. But that means typing each poem out 40 times. I initially thought I’d do 20 poems – though I think most of them will run to more than one piece of the onion skin, so perhaps fewer than 20. And after the typing, I’ll need to bind everything, and figure out how to create the title and design on the covers. (Anyone have experience with embossing or foil stamping?) I’m setting a loose deadline for myself: I’m hoping that by summer, I’ll be finished producing them.

Whoo! Projects are fun.

8 thoughts on “vintage fun”

  1. Rach, it all looks and sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to follow the progress and, of course, see the end result! : ) Happy typing!

  2. Rach, it all looks and sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to follow the progress and, of course, see the end result! : ) Happy typing!

  3. The typewriter looks totally cool. So do the typed sample pages. Very vintage. I remember typing out 20 page college papers on one of those machines over many a night. Have fun with it, and feel better soon!

  4. The typewriter looks totally cool. So do the typed sample pages. Very vintage. I remember typing out 20 page college papers on one of those machines over many a night. Have fun with it, and feel better soon!

  5. I just keep remembering how my arms hurt from typing on those… Can’t wait to see the finished product… Give me a call or drop me an email – I have your computer….

  6. I just keep remembering how my arms hurt from typing on those… Can’t wait to see the finished product… Give me a call or drop me an email – I have your computer….

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