Learn Cursive with Lunatic Engine – Lesson 08 –


give me the coelacanth
the trilobite the primoridal

muck give me anything but

Again with another word one doesn’t get to write very often: “Coelacanth.” Such a fantastic near mythical, word! The irony of such a beautiful combination of phonemes describing something so terrifying. so ancient, so…primoridal. As you have probably surmised, this poem comes from the depths. It is primitive, old, basic, fundamental. This poem has teeth.

At the time of this writing, this was my newest pen – a little baby pocket pen. I was inspired to pick this up by Brad and Myke form the Pen Addict podcast. If you are even the least little bit interested in stationery, I recommend giving them a listen. They have quite often included the Kaweco Sport on their list of top budget pens. The nib is actually gold-plated steel so you get the stiffness with a touch of class. And please don’t read that last unfortunate sentence more than once 😉

Summary: this is a great pen. I have to use it posted because it is so small but it is perfect for taking to the office.

The pen is marvelously well-priced. The ink was not. As you can see, it is a very tiny bottle holding just 20 ml of ink. My particular brand of mild OCD is satisfied by picking up a bottle of matching ink whenever I get a new pen. This Sailor ink was such a perfect match that I didn’t really mind paying what amounts to twice as much for this ink. It is a deep, deep reddish ochre that flows smoothly through this Extra-Fine nib.

I also happen to be one of those people who notice scents – not in a “perfume gives me a headache” kind of way but in a “I like to experience everything with as many senses as possible and smell is a really effective way for me to interact with the world” kind of way, This ink smells like the watercolour paint sets we all used in elementary school – vaguely medicinal but ultimately comforting.

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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