Learn Cursive with Lunatic Engine – Lesson 05 –


sideways six hours
from noon this light this late
fall sunset lasts half
the day

This poem was originally published in an anthology of writing about landscape. Where you live determines your experience of light. I grew up in a mountain mining town at the end of the highway in the bush of southeastern British Columbia. My landscape is a mountain landscape. My light was mountain light. We moved significantly north and east to the prairies of Alberta when I was in my mid-teens and was immediately displaced by the light. It just goes on and on here, the sun traveling through hundreds and hundreds of more kilometers of air than I ever knew it could. I think I am still confounded by it.

This is the most solid plastic pen I have ever used. It has a presence in your hand that makes you want to keep holding it and holding it. That’s because the body of the pen is one solid piece. It does not screw apart down near the grip to insert a cartridge or a converter. This little baby is a vacuum or piston filler. The entire body of the pen is the ink reservoir. The cap also has an inner seal which ensures all of that lovely ink, and you can put a lot into it, stays in the body where it belongs. In addition to being a demonstrator pen, with a clear body that let’s you see the pen’s innards as it works, TWSBI also provides a little wrench and tube of silicon grease to you can take the pen apart, clean it, and reseal it.

I love the body of this pen. I do not like the nib on this pen.

This is an extra fine and, you guessed it, it is not fine enough for me. I loaded it up with some basic Pilot Blue ink and as you can see in the photos, the ink has no hesitation about coming out of this nib. If you have giant, loopy handwriting you probably want an enthusiastic ink flow. Little, crampy writing like me though….this nib makes me feel rushed.

For a future worksheet, perhaps I’ll try it with an ink that I find is too dry for a truly fine nib. Maybe that will help. I’m not too panicked though because this pen is very affordable and it just feels so nice to hold. And the distinctive design and shape of the cap is a pleasant tactile thing.

About Learn Cursive with Lunatic Engine. Each week, until my first book of poetry launches in April 2020, I am going to complete a cursive worksheet featuring lines from the poems in the book with notes on which tool I used. I will post the blank sheets as pdf’s below and here on the full explanation page for you to download, print and complete.

A new lesson with new lines will be added to the complete document so that by the time the book comes out, you’ll have not only had a chance to read a couple of lines from each poem, but you’ll have written them yourself.

So there you have it: Learn Cursive, with lines from Lunatic Engine.

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