Learn Cursive with Lunatic Engine – Lesson 06 –


when you get to the end of all this
you’ll look back and know this is the point
the quality of miracles isn’t
what it used to be

All of the poems in this collection took their direction from their titles. Some of the poems in this collection though got a little extra shove from a random image or line. This is one of those poems. I don’t know specifically where the line “the quality of miracles isn’t what it used to be” came from, if it can even be said to have come from anywhere it all, I suspect the sentiment behind the words is common enough to be part of the meme-o-sphere, but this poem built itself around that line.

And in the spirit of the meme-o-sphere, (do you like that word? I just made it up!) this poem is the first of a couple in the collection that acknowledges itself as a poem. Or, to be honest, the first where the narrator inserts themselves, where the artificiality and artifact-ality (so many big new words today!) of the book assert themselves.

This is the first poem where I am right there beside you dear reader, attempting to explain myself. Failing.

This week’s pen is a beauty! This is the “Parson’s Essential” by Italix, which is the “house brand” of the British pen retailer “Mr. Pen.” It’s lacquered brass body has the most delicious weight in the hand though I find it too back-heavy to post. I am particularly fond of the design details that went into this pen with the celtic knot cap band being particularly elegant.

This pen is so nice to hold. The finish is smooth and cool and glossy. The threads are perfectly threaded. The grip section is comfortable and grippy. If you can lay your hands on one of these, they are more than worth their moderate price!

The pen sports a two-tone steel nib which writers really, really well. I’m using a Fine and find it more tolerable than almost every other non-Pilot nib I’ve used. It is a bit on the wet side of the spectrum which is why I chose it to go with the J. Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte ink I used for this poem. I got this ink on a lark to see what all of the fuss was about. While I really love the different shades and hues of bright orange to almost-brown this ink shows on paper, I am less impressed with the shimmer.

For those of you unfamiliar with this style of ink, it’s like it has teeny bits of glitter in it. If you lay down a thick enough line, you’ll see a shoal of silver as it dries. It is kind of pretty. If you use enough ink. For regular writing sessions though, using regular strokes, you will never see the shimmer. And if you don’t remember to shake the bottle before you ink up, the shimmer will all just sit in the bottom of the bottle. Which means I guess that it will be the prettiest empty bottle when it comes down to it. The only shimmer that will be in your writing though, is the glow you bring to it intrinsically.

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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