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Ode to the Underwood and its ilk

November 21, 2014

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(This image is a screen grab of my poem typed in Tom Hanks’ app called “Hanx Writer.” I recommend this app to anyone who wants to hear the sound that used to be so common, no one, even for a moment, thought the clack, clack, clacking would ever fade away.)

There was nothing quite like walking into
the editorial department of any newspaper
in the country, and reveling in the clammer
of a legion of pounded-upon typewriter keys.

it was the sound of news being crafted upon paper.

it was the sound of life, good or bad, in America.

it was the sound of freedom.

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