Ticket to Write – 42

By Hand

I like this one.
There’s a note on the back that says ‘Should probably have mentioned handwriting as unique and recognizable as faces, but telling as little about a person’.
These poems very rarely go the direction I originally plan them.

By Hand_double

There is something important
about handwriting.
It conveys so much
that typeface can’t approach.
As Sherlock said
‘this, Watson, was written
on a train,’
but who writes in script
and who in print
& preferences of pen
– fountain, ballpoint, gel –
are infinitely surprising.
In this age of typed
& ‘just flick me an email’
when you can know someone
for years
& never find out
whether they write a’s with caps
& English or European sevens
there is a shocking intimacy
about letters scribbled in pencil
and biro’d notes in margins.
It feels like a small indiscretion
to use real ink & your own hands
to make exactly one copy
of something.
You can keep the copy…or
give it away
It is like
creating secrets.


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"A writer is an introvert: someone who wants to tell you a story but doesn't want to have to make eye contact while doing it." - Adapted from John Green
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