To Grip a Pen

To Grip a Pen

A Poem by Zugzwang

Any number of styles exist
for holding one's pen -
The Asian is different to
the European;
the lower two fingers bunched
into a truncated fist,
planted firm on the page:
a stable base for the
precision
necessary for writing
characters-
Chinese, Kanji, Hangul.
The pen held
almost vertical,
stabbing words into life
like a tattoo gun.

© 2017 Zugzwang



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I really like your subject here and the imagery throughout it is spot-on. My favorite lines are
the lower two fingers bunched / into a truncated fist. Such a great image!
Side note no one asked for: I only write poetry with my purple pen in my notebooks. Typing just seems cold to me. Plus, I scratch things out and sometimes revisit to use later or as inspiration. Annnnd I write in jumbles and then have to put my verses in order half of the time 😁

Well done! I am digging this whole regularly-posting thing you've got going on 😉 Cheers!

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Zugzwang

1 Month Ago

Haha...it's just something I knocked out while my students were doing a test. But yeah, posting regu.. read more
"stabbing words into life/ like a tattoo gun"

love those lines, but i am especially fond of this piece because it reminds us how beautiful actual writing is...and it is a dying art because of the keys of the computer----we don't write anymore...rarely a letter, if at all...
a lost art...cursive...
j.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Zugzwang

1 Month Ago

Yes, that is true but we stil see pens around the place here and there. I do miss writing letters th.. read more

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