American Writers Museum Story of the Week for October 30, 2020

Story of the Week

The AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit, which features typewriters that visitors can interact with directly, or our newest temporary exhibit, My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today. Check back regularly for new stories, and visit the Museum to try out our regularly cleaned typewriters, see the exhibit, and possibly be featured here!


guided by your fathers
usual and daily death
innocent of all human thought
like the many men before you
leading bullets to homes of flesh
and blood
tracing out lines in chalk teaching
yours is a sentence punctuated by
the last gurgling gasps of a young
man smoldering in a world on

Frustrated Typists

I wonder how many typewriters per year are destroyed by theatrical productions in which a frustrated author destroys his tool in a fit of rage. It would seem as though the experience of typing on a typewriter is a non-renewable resource. We must cherish the experience while it is available to us. At least before some angsty starving artist takes a golf club to all the typewriters.


The question begged to be asked, what does darkness dream about? As it remains continuously in black, is there any room for the light of imagination? Does memory hold a grasp in its depths?

Or is there nothing there save the abyss?

Sienna C.

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