I will never be able to write avant-garde poetry
With unexpected but meaningful spaces between words and lines
Because I do not know how to make tabs work on my computer
If I had a typewriter
I could be a real contender
In making poems located in the middle of the page
Or triangle shaped
Or strung out on a clothesline
I learned how to type in the seventh grade
On a black standard machine
A very serious contraption
The keys struck the paper with the force of my fingers.
At my finest
I achieved a speed of 20 words per minute.
When I went to college
I had my own typewriter
Portable in a matching suitcase
On which I typed my essays
Using erasable paper and white-out and
Even though my words were inflammatory
They were carefully written and
I knew how to use the tab key.
When I opened my law practice I bought an IBM word processor
It was slick
I used the tab key deftly
But my computer is different
So I am resigned to writing in rectangles
And will leave typographical advances to poets smart enough
To understand a screen.