Barbara Lydecker Crane


If Dickinson Tried a Computer

If Dickinson tried a computer,
do you think its convenience would suit her?
Let’s eavesdrop before we un-boot her:

“This writing by Keys is intemperate Ease
My handwritten lines are astuter,
And I do think my Cursive is cuter.
What—it can talk? At its Braying I balk
I flee from this Bodiless Tutor!”


Barbara Lydecker Crane has published two chapbooks, Zero Gravitas (White Violet Press, 2012) and ALPHABETRICKS (for children, Daffydowndilly Press, 2013). The winner of the 2011 Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest and a Laureate’s Choice award in the 2014 Great River Sonnet Contest, she has recent or forthcoming poems in American Arts Quarterly, Angle, Light, Mezzo Cammin, and Think Journal. She’s also a visual artist.