TO BUSY MYSELF IN YOUR SERVICE
a bag of ketchup chips emptily
lies on the couch beside you baby likes ketchup
you smile your red face smear sticky fingers wave
at my armload of clothes now move you’re in
my way & the Vikings are thrashing the Packers
Finally, some sun! I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I’ve been trying to photograph these worksheets using sunlight. Some people have said to me “Paul,” they’ve said, “why don’t you get one of those light boxes I’ve seen on the youtube?” Yes, it would be relatively cheap and easy to build one of those. Many people I know who have home-based businesses use them to cast their products in the best light. But they’re trying to see you something. Well, ok, I’m trying to sell you something too, but the book doesn’t come out until April 2020 and in the mean time I’m trying to sell you light. I’m trying to sell you the experience, the sensation, the feeling of analog creation – scratching words onto paper with a stick.
This week’s stick is another Metropolitan. I’ve ended up with a few of these because they are SO good and SO affordable. They travel well and they look fantastic.
Th interesting bit of this post is the ink. A couple of weeks ago I featured a pen by Austrian company Online. I love that pen and so when I discovered that they have also started producing ink, and in a purple perfect metropolitan match, I had to buy it. Look at this ink!
And not only is it beautiful, but it behaves really well too. Not too wt, not too dry, not too heavy. I love it. You’ll note in my comment on the worksheet though that i complain about feathering. Perhaps it was because I was examining this sheet closer than the others but I did notice a bit of feathering on this paper. So I immediately flipped to my handy dandy Midori grid paper pad to double-check and nope, no feathering.
Purple pen, purple ink, both really affordable and both really beautiful!
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.