Tuesday Trials: Don’t Touch!

23 Nov

10:09 am, Tuesday, 23 November, 2010 – Atlanta

How often do you think about textures when you describe things? How thoroughly and deeply do you touch things? The impulse to touch or to want to touch something unusual, unknown, or intriguing is natural. The desire to touch has been part of our psyche as long as learning has, because touch informs us and imparts knowledge in a way that perhaps only sight does, as a sense.

The impulse to touch is stronger in some. I cannot see something new, or something which attracts me, without wanting to touch it and if I cannot, I feel incomplete. Museums and art galleries are torture. Are you a tactile person? When you shop for things, especially clothes, do you ever finger the fabric or material from which the thing is made? In museums do you itch to stroke the sculptures? To explore them with your fingers? If our socialization didn’t discourage us from learning through our tactile sense, we would be forever touching things to learn about them.

What do you learn from touch, from texture? Think of handshakes, hugs, the touching of rare or holy objects, holding a baby, kissing someone’s cheek, or mouth.

Today, write through texture. List as many textures as you can think of: prickly, fuzzy, satiny, rough…

List, next to each texture, what you associate with that texture.

Mentally feel your way around a person, an object, an event; meditate, in words, on what you understand about objects or people, through texture and touch.

I am including several photographs by Paul from freedigitalphotos. His pictures are particularly sensory. Look at each photograph and in your mind feel the object and describe what it feels like to touch the different parts. Do not forget that part of touch is not just texture, but also temperature.

Segue: It occurred to me that for my survival, the survival of the blog, and possibly your survival, if you are trying to keep up with my exercises, and probably other blogs, that I need to ratchet back on how often I present you with exercises. I wouldn’t want to run out. It’s only fair to give you a regular day and if an exercise has a Part 2, I will always continue the next day.

I am choosing Tuesdays for exercises. On other days I will talk about some theory, point out other prompts and exercises from websites [to save you racing around trying to find them all!], and maybe offer a poem or two to read. So we will have work days, thoughtful days, and contemplative days.


Posted by on 23/11/2010 in poetry, writing


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2 responses to “Tuesday Trials: Don’t Touch!

  1. Michael Yost

    23/11/2010 at 7:09 pm

    Sounds like a great idea.


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