Senryu : crank


a tad OCD
get involved, cranking out thoughts
fresh intense routines

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I like the word “crank” because it has some fun meanings that fits when you get into doing something new — that honeymoon period when you’re a tad obsessed — ok, very obsessed and loving to do it everyday whether poetry, writing, art,  designs, hiking, cat breeding, or whatever:

1. (informal) increase the intensity of something.
“he cranked up the foghorn to full volume”
2. (informal) produce something regularly and routinely.
“an army of researchers cranked out worthy studies”
3. an eccentric person, especially one who is obsessed by a particular subject or theory.
“when he first started to air his views, they labeled him a crank”North American
4. (literary) a fanciful turn of speech.

The 4th one I hadn’t heard of but thought it sounded cool.  There are some more meanings of course, verbs and such.  Crank is a useful word.

I did a post with my latest design and a bit about Louis Wain, an artist who was bit of a crank about cats.  Even when I design (this design is derivative art), I end up researching and writing because I want to know more about things.  Slows me down I suppose but to me it’s part of the process.

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10 thoughts on “Senryu : crank”

    1. Is “crank” used for boat engines? I’m curious because I think usage on cars started with being started by a crank but boats have a different history.


  1. When I hear crank I think of old machines that needed a handle to make it operate – hand cranking… so many meanings for just one word. And yes it is fun to research words and anything else that makes ‘us’ happy.


      1. I don’t have a crank handle … just a regular one to play vinyl records. Which I think are actually making a come back. There was one artist in the news a while back who didn’t go to CDs insisted on vinyl – better quality in the recording.


        1. That’s funny about insisting on playing vinyl. I have a friend who plays CDs because he says it sounds better than playing tunes on ipod. My ears aren’t that good. I can’t tell the difference between any of it.


  2. The word “crank” always makes me think of loud things, harsh things, even forced things… I really like the way the same ways can mean so many things to different people.


    1. I agree with you — I like how words can be different. It’s one of the reasons that prompts are so wonderful — given the same word or idea or stimulus, people write so many completely different poems, stories, and essays. It is so cool.


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