Romance of the Typewriter

Written by Chelsea Marie Hicks

There’s something so elegant about the typewriter. It’s clicks clacking, paper reeling, disappearing, reappearing with stamps, our words tattooed onto white skin. I miss the pleasure of punching keys; the tragedy of mistakes, the beauty of perfect lettering and alignment. I miss that commotion that typewriters bring to writing, a symphony lacking from my pen. My typewriter remains on its shrine of silk scarves from Bohemia, awaiting the oil of my fingers to beat it back to life. If only my Corona could come with me to whatever seas my diver directs me to.

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Breathing. Clouds. Space Bodies

This is a piece of found poetry that I stitched together from one of my student’s reading assignments at school. On the ground I spotted an essay cut up into three sections, one on breathing, another on clouds and the last on space bodies. The sound and images of these titles together was something I instantly connected with and considered to be quite beautiful and thus this little ditty was conjured up.

Breathing. Clouds. Space Bodies
Written by Chelsea Marie Hicks

Bodies made of frozen gas and dust,
meteors in an orbit,
stretch out across the sky,
immerse yourself in the towering cloud:

You are ready to practice regular breathing.

Legs tucked, curl like a feather
composed of crystals in an atmosphere burning,
sink into the satellite’s arms and glide forward:

This is called floating.

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Searching For Salt and Finding the Bearded Woman

Written by Chelsea Marie Hicks

I sought the taste of neon in the morning, its glow an apparent absence only present in the irises of night crawlers dripping pale, waiting for the sun.

I searched my skin for treasure troves and salt quarries, only ever finding pieces of paper torn and folded into creases and scars.

I hunted through dreams to days too cold for the scent of tangerines to wet my fingers, or apricots to taint my tongue with sweetness.
There’s no luck for senses seeking fruits in the winter.

When the ice cracked and dripped through drainpipes, I came to find the circus, folding origami flowers out of a field’s colors, somewhere, not here.
The bearded woman grabbed my hand, she said I was an acrobat and not to bend to break. She taught me how to do both.

Whatever rope line led to reality was neither real nor rope nor strands of thickly braided hair, though it resembled all three.
And then, somehow, came the sun.

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Sheets That Smell Just Like A Day At The Beach

Written by Chelsea Marie Hicks

At first she only tasted the faint smell of salt seasoning the air, unaccompanied by any sight or sound. Her view was enveloped in a darkness so consuming she was momentarily convinced that salt had forever been painted black–that her memory of its whiteness was flawed, likely misinformed by a strange dream, a wrong deja vu. She could feel the rough grains of salt between her toes and would only realize what rubbed her skin when the light bent open her eyes. There brown, grey sand slipped through her and the sensory flood swelled as sea foam left its fading bubbles clinging above her ankle; limbs instantly washed over by the wet chill of an unforgiving sea, its crashing whistle ringing in her ears; the bath of warm sunlight dripping from her taut white bodice.

This was just like a day at the beach except that it wasn’t. Wherever Claire had just awoken was nowhere within the realm of the familiar despite the seething sensation that she’d done this all before.

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Nightmares

Written by Chelsea Marie Hicks

Wash awake the sharp chill of the night and in the sun’s tempting light, take shelter from the horrors marinating in your mind. Like the tide running towards deeper waters, heed the warning in the silence you hear–the air is shuddering with a message that only the rattle of stop signs and sway of telephone lines can convey. This is not the world you wake up in, dreams amnesiaed, taking shape in whispers.

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List Season : : Books Read in 2011

1. Americana by Don DeLillo
2. Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
3. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
4. Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
5. You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers
6. The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac
7. Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski
8. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
9. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
10. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
11. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
12. Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nobokov
13. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
14. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
15. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
16. Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
17. 1984 by George Orwell
18. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
19. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
20. Collapse by Jarrod Diamond
21. Between Parentheses by Roberto BolaƱo
22. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
23. Miss Lonelyhearts/The Year of the Loccust by Nathaneal West
24. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
25. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
26. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
27. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
28. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
29. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
30. Point Omega by Don DeLillo
31. Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku

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