Which hat do you hang when you rack your brain?

As artists and creative spirits, we are constantly perfecting our craft.  Not a poem goes by post-posting on WordPress that I don’t revisit and tweak to humor my muse’s hindsight.  It may only be one word to complete an alliterative trifecta or a stronger rhyme which not only sounds fine but makes sense in context.  Whether you revel in high production haiku, formulaic Shakespearian blank verse in iambic pentameter, rebellious free-verse or shape-shifting concrete compositions, we all have a hat to doff and hang in our namesake brain rack.  A certain style is sized to fit our cranium’s dimensions, as we relinquish nothing but the chemistry required to fire synapses.  Some people cycle through a process of dizzying drafts, scratch paper clusters and dozens of drained and dry ink pens to arrive at a realized inner voice.   Conversely, others will avoid preparation and distill ideas immediately on contact, cruising through diction at word-slurring speeds, minding not punctuation or a point to achieve.  Still, there are those who live in the middle, mixing metaphors with mindless menagerie to riddle the reader.  Yet, we may all try and avoid definition, our ventriloquist voice throwing readers off track with knee-jerk puppets at the strings of our task.  No matter the ruleless rule or conforming cause, creative endeavors are assigned one-on-one to our spirits and we must take pause to recognize the sensory signals within and without and refine white noise into a universal dialogue.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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7 Responses to Which hat do you hang when you rack your brain?

  1. Rod Terry says:

    So true! My posts are written, re-written, & re-written again before posting. In fact, I’d probably never ‘publish’ at all if I didn’t force myself to stop attempting to improve these little children of my heart and allow them out into the freedom of the world. 😉

  2. Miriam E. says:

    very true and brilliantly put. thanks for this!

    • Thank you, Miriam! I appreciate your kind words and support! Your poetry appears so graceful, clever and succinct. Do you have any secrets to your creative style? What brain-cap do you don? I doff my hat to you, madam 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

      • Miriam E. says:

        wow, thank you very much for this huge compliment – i am definitely blushing now…
        no secrets whatsoever – there’s usually one line stuck in my head and things unfold from there… so far, sorting through the clutter in my head worked out nicely! 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    I’m not a writer, probably never will be but there are regular occasions where I have to write something intelligent/interesting…it takes me forever…I go over and over and change it often…till eventually enough is enough…I’m always impressed with those who seem to have a way with words.

    • Thank you, Heather! No matter the medium, all artists speak the same language, even if they do not fully understand their respective styles. Photographers, like yourself, freeze frame the moment to preserve in Polaroid (or digital camera!), extracting visual truths that are felt with the heart through the eyes. Poets pick words from memories to reconstruct (or deconstruct) a simulacrum of the setting, projecting feelings through rhyme that channel from the poet’s mind to mix with another’s cerebral minutia. Both art forms are visual and speak to our souls – poetry a thick alphabet soup stewing on the back-burner of the mind, and photography, an instantaneous reaction that awakens memory like a hand placed on a hot stove. I really enjoy your photographs. Keep up the great work and I look forward to following your blog!
      Cheers,
      Tyler

      • Heather says:

        I have to admit you have me speechless at the moment…I’m trying to respond to your reply and unstructured words are being tossed around in my mind…this is what I’m talking about the ability to string words together, seemingly with ease…my mind is not as fruitful…but I do enjoy reading the words of those whose mind is…thank you for your kind comments regarding my photos…I do appreciate it! Cheers

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