Poem: when a daughter thinks of her dad

when a daughter thinks of her dad
for Summer & Jordan, Father’s Day

never done before
figuring out a style
telling the things that are important
a lot of knowledge
and style in the person
that is so deeply appreciated
the caring person they know through and through
it’s a cool blue twilight
at this typewriter on the street
when a daughter thinks of her dad

[Eva L. Elasigue / ELE CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons]

I was in San Diego when typewriter poet Jeremy Brownlowe and I sat our typewriters next to each other on the sidewalk to type in tandem, and I was the one to handle this request from passersby.

Poem: Et Cetera

Et Cetera

and I know that reality
reiterates its entirety eternally
with me in it
and all the love
and pain
that some part of me never forgets
even as it moves ever onward
and must see beauty
and must feel everything
or just wander lost
still as itself regardless
as myself
reminded again and again
forgetting as it suits the tired self
is this body just a story?
what is the brain, how is the enfolding done
and the refolding
where is the skin of the all
what’s beneath it
I know the always
in the never
I know forever

by Eva L. Elasigue / ele CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons

Poem: The Forgiving Ground

The Forgiving Ground

Cast yourself upon the ground,
the forgiving ground,
on the softest place
I’ll be there with you
It is not bad to be lowly
atop the sinking, tickling moss
eye to eye with tiny bluebells
rubbing shoulders with mushrooms
There is softness
We are not unforgiven
This body is good
The sun kisses
and kisses and kisses
The moisture from the light rain
turns to steam
Picking out a gentle prickle
that plucks a chuckle
Laying out full length
Like me, the moss loves love
it is allowed and encouraged
The eagle flying under the day moon
is also here
above the rich breath of trees
It’s not yet the season
for the dragonfly dance,
but there are new buds
We can eat them
and be fed by this day

by ele / Eva L. Elasigue CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons

Typewriter: Collective Page, Open Mic @ The Haven

This was a beautiful open mic night on 2/21/22 in the recently-expanded Portland, OR art collective space known as The Haven. Along with my reading on the mic, I hosted my Hermes 3000 for people to add things to a page.

Edited transcript:

@ The Haven PDX art collective
Open Mic night 2/22

Collaborative page:
Contribute anything!
facilitated by Eva L. Elasigue

my chaos is my offering… a sacrifice for transmutation^
the universe says hello.
I’m so confused!
glass apples beating fastgood tidings to all baby garfunkles, hobgobbles,
love urself
poopbucket and all
I am conscious and stuck in this typewriter, help
pull yourself up
and
we can help

Verbatim transcript:

@ The Haven PDX art collective
Open Mic night 2/22

Collaborative page:
Contribute anything!
facilitated by Eva L. Elasigue

my chaos is my offering… a sacrifice for transmutation^
the universe says hello.
I,m so confused!
gl ss a ples beating fastgood idings to all baby garfunkles,hobgobbles,
love urself
poopbucket andall
I am conscious and stuck in this typewriter, help
pull yourself up
and
we can help

Typewriter: Collective Page 2, DisCon 333

Here’s the second page from that great Type, Tea & Chocolate late hours room party. Someone bestowed me with genuine vintage WorldCon letterhead at this point, and we put it to historical use. For reference, we’re at WorldCon 79 here, so this paper is older than me.

Edited transcription:

… from the Dealer’s Room freebie table at DisCon III ! 2021
[ the paper – ed. This was still in Room 333 ]

messages from outer and inner space:
if — and only if —
if we should see a better future —
may this find you well, O Reason, Reader.
echleiwen dech
ech haerzen dech
ech hunn dech gaer

May you have good fun with good friends, good health and a great year

a few parting words
(?) ampi n he irelintswi ming throughtheflo ting dr msembes
on the wind

Despite or because
we know it’s not possible
wonders anyway John Hertz 18 Dec 21 2:20am


Verbatim transcription:

… from the Dealer’s Room freebie table at DisCon III ! 2021
[ the paper – ed. This was still in Room 333 ]

messages from outer and inner space:
if — and only if —
if we should see a better future —
may this find you well, O Reason, Reader.
echleiwen dech
ech haerzen dech
ech hunn dech gaer

May you hve good fun with good friendws, good health and a great yoear

a few parting words
(?) ampi n he irelintswi ming throughtheflo ting dr msembes
on the wind

Despite or because
we know it’s not possible
wonders anyway John Hertz 18 Dec 21 2:20am

Typewriter: Collective Page, DisCon 333

This page was created on my Hermes 3000 at the Type, Tea & Chocolate late hours room 333 party at DisCon II, WorldCon December 2021, held in Washington D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Edited transcript:

DisCon III 2021 !
add what you like to this sheet of paper
request assistance if inexperienced with a typewriter

anything.
hello world
Tom Hanks likes TYPEWRITERS
rolling the page, what is time….
YYUR
YYUB
ICUR
YY4ME
can I even remember how to keep from jamming the keys
Life doesn’t end at 30.
My 9 yr old loves, LOVES typewriters…. really
Hi. We typewriters love him, too.
But we’re not allowed to say so.
I wrote my college application essays using one of these. Seven separate sets
Argh scales rose from the water, wetly overlapping in an intricate pattern
This is a test. This is a test of the emergency broadcast system
one ring to rule them all,
one ring to find them
Yoghurt is such a strange fooooood. just look at it…
does this work / where is the space bar? Nevermind. Kitten hello
oh no oh no I got spoiled by an electric – thought the ribbon was drying
and yet. AND YET. this is just so much more satisfying….
[shield the world is outcast(?)]
Lemon ginger chocolate is a surreal experience.

Verbatim transcript:

DisCon III 2021 !

add what you like to this sheet of paper
request assistance if inexperienced with a typewriter.

anything
hello world
Tom Hanks likres TYPEWRITERS
ro lig the pag, what is time….
YYUR
YYUB
ICUR
YY4ME
can I evenrmebe how tokeepfrojammig t ekeys Life doe n’t end at 30.
My 9 yr old loves, LOVES typewriters…. really
Hi. We typewriters love him, too.
But we;re not allowed to say so.
I wrote my college application essays usingone of these. Seven separate sets
Arghscales rose from thewater, wetly overlapping in an intricate pattern
This is a test. This is a test of the emergency broadcast system
o ne ring to rule hem all,
one ring to find them
oghut is such a strange fooooood. ju t look t it…
oesthiswork/whe eistespacebar? Nevemind. K itten hello
hoh no oh no i gotspoioled by an electric — though the ribbon was drying
and yet. AND YET. this is just so much more satisfying….
Lemon ginger chocolate is a surreal experience.

Typewriter: Collective Page, OryCon 42 room

This happened in November 2021, when I was given some some space to host my typewriter in a side meeting room at OryCon Portland. A poetic footnote, contributed by others.

Edited transcript:

ORYCON 42!

just add anything . . .
still here … you lit the fire in me
yes nigh is te(a)

Verbatim transcript:

ORYCON 42!
just add anything . . .
still here … you lit thefire inme
yes nigh is te(a)

[text & image CC-0 4.0 Creative Commons]

Poetry: Soul of the Mask, transcribed

resplendent in crimson and mist, the great cosmos swirling around her outstretched hand
(ELE for Skye)

Deep and expansive, the minute changes beat to beat are like the growth of a wild joy
(ELE for Jordan)

vibrant voice, the focus of thought and contemplation, expressing the inexpressible
(ELE for Paul)

playful, curious, the adventure unfolds with a shake of the head and wiggles out
(ELE for Nolan)

shadows peeking around corners, edges melting into the air, somehow shining
(ELE for Aura)

[ELE / Eva L. Elasigue CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons]

These were transcribed from the original typewriter slips. This comes from the Masquerade event in Providence, RI in October of 2021.

Article here: https://evalisaelasigue.wordpress.com/2021/10/14/typewriter-poetry-soul-of-the-mask-masquerade-ball-providence/

Flash: Microhole Quantum Displacement of the Transporter

[This is an abstract of a fictional paper in database on some of the principles behind Star Trek’s transporter; a flash fanfic.]

Title: Microhole Quantum Displacement of the Transporter

Author: Eva L. Elasigue

Abstract: Rather than create one large displacement field, which we have not achieved to this day, instead the transporter is made possible by a 5D fluid grid of quantum entanglement microholes. With the 4th dimension being time, the 5th dimension is intention – namely target, subject, and destination (using 5th-D mechaneurolinguistic programming as defined in the notorious seminal work). The fluid grid enmeshment is a paint-by-numbers energetically living algorithm which communicates firstly with the nervous system, gaining biophysical agreement and certainty of orientation, another 5D variable element.

((CC-BY 4.0 Eva L. Elasigue))

Beta reader #1: Brent Spiner, Data of The Next Generation at San Diego Comic Con 2021 Special Edition
Brent decided to keep it! For fun, these were attached:
A picture with Melinda Snodgrass, Star Trek writer of award-winning Data episode “Measure of a Man.” At her recent book release at Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe NM, December 2019
A mini-print of this new poster art by Brennan Wagner of DC, Grendel, etc.

Typewriter Poetry: Soul of the Mask, Masquerade Ball Providence

I set up a typewriter table, buddied with artist Aura Lunae at this elegant night of music and art:

Here we are! I sold some zine broadsheets of my new-this-year Cabaret Poem, and my bespoke experiment was titled Soul of the Mask (pose for poetry). People could pose for me their masquerade persona, and I typed them a single poetic line to capture the energy of the moment.

Following, some of the poetry embodied on this night: