A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 3, September 2019

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Peter Newton
Winchendon, Massachusetts, USA

Boat Anchors

that’s what he calls them the Remington, the Royal, the Underwood I mean all you have to do is say their names aloud to know these are true testaments to reliability cowboy toughness and elegant design these are not just manual typewriters look at this one with its amphitheater seating for each letter of the alphabet to chime in as it sees fit a bona fide Roman forum of democratic pursuits to express oneself freely and as loudly as needed to be heard from anywhere in the house boat anchors repeats the millennial mover who has been tapping into his phone every chance he gets but I bet he calls everything anyone loves and lugs around from house to house a boat anchor this is an authentic Merriam Webster unabridged dictionary no one uses dictionaries anymore he chuckles half-amused hefting the 2,468 page 18-lb behemoth that was a gift I say from someone who understands the weight of words whereas today a sentence fragment will suffice it’s the way to communicate all thumbs everyone’s doing it no need to wax poetic I get it nuance is dead the texture of language glossed over to a sleek shiny finish all the nicks and burrs of originality sanded smooth from the alphabet I used to sing.

small town library
under the century oak
story hour