Greetings, Poetry Lovers!
Last week in a comment, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater asked about the glass pen in the picture with my little journals, and if I wrote with it. Actually, that pen was an exquisite gift brought back for me from Italy from my very dear friend and fellow kidlit-folk, Paula Puckett. I have written with it, but mostly use it for Etsy photos. It has a metal nib.
I did, however, purchase an all-glass pen not very long ago. I hadn't tried it, but since Amy asked, I finally gave it a wee scribble. I think I'm in love! It's fun to hold and terribly smooth. The line is a bit wider than I'm used to writing or drawing with, as I usually use smaller nibs (especially the metal hawks quill or crow quill for drawing). But I'm envisioning a lovely future with this pen, especially if I can keep from breaking it.
The one I have is from Herbin; you can see a demonstration at their website here. The side of the box explains, "Glass pens were very trendy in 17th century Venice." Because the nib has grooves, you can write several words before having to take the pen for a dip in the inkwell.
I've always loved the physical act of writing. As a kid, I took to cursive like a bee to nectar. I have a vague memory of my second grade teacher letting me "teach" writing on the chalk board one day.
I've shared this haiku before, but I did write a poem about writing with a dip pen, before my daughter's marriage in 2016:
the press and release
of the nib
©Robyn Hood Black
Third Honorable Mention, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, Frogpond, Volume 39 Number 3, Autumn 2016
dust devils - THE RED MOON ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH-LANGUAGE HAIKU 2016, edited by Jim Kacian & The Red Moon Editorial Staff, Red Moon Press, 2017
For a longer poem with a pen reference, rich in imagery and family dynamics, here's a link to a treasure from Seamus Heaney's Death of a Naturalist (Oxford University Press, 1966):
by Seamus Heaney
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.
Click here for the poem.
If you're a fountain pen fan, you might enjoy this 2016 article by Elizabeth Vogdes that I stumbled upon. It's from the Swarthmore College Bulletin, "The Poetry of Pen and Ink."
What's your favorite way to commit poetic inspirations to paper - or, are you all electronic? Or is a vintage typewriter your mode of literary record? My aforementioned friend Paula loves itty bitty ends of pencils! I'll grab whatever is handy, but I do love real pens. Dip pens are best, but Pigma Microns come in handy if I need a narrow line in a jiffy, or a way to write tiny text on little stained price tags for my items in local shops.
Do you like bold color? India ink? Do you end up with all the pens in the universe in the bottom of your purse (for those who carry purses)? Would you be caught without a pen?
Thanks for visiting, and be sure to check out all the luscious lines rounded up by Matt this week at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. (He's got an interview with Leslie Bulion, and a giveaway!) Thanks, Matt. Also, follow along with our annual Kidlit Progressive Poem - here's a link to it from Jama's Alphabet Soup, and while you're there, check out Jama's roundup of Kidlit Poetry Month goodness!