This may sound pretentious, and I'm sorry about that, but it is an attempt to honestly describe how words work for me. I'm a painter who writes, and a reader who listens; the interconnection between many of my paintings and the printed word is where I like to operate. Some of my word paintings can be seen at www.peterkettle.co.uk
Evocative and associative; distillment occurs in Shakespeare, so the elder Hamlet immediately appears 'in my mind's eye'. Distillment is also a process of manufacture, and a refinement of thought. A painting can appear because of a word or a phrase - or even a title - which then stimulates an image. So, for today anyway, distillment is a favourite word.
Because this occurs so often, and is so often misunderstood, I react badly to 'spiritual'. It hides a conceit, and exposes the arrogance of human awareness. It has inspired billions of people to obey ludicrous texts, and has allowed others to rationalise superficial notions of man's supremacy among all life forms. It is ultimately a gross conceit.
"The Aquarium is gone. Everywhere, giant finned cars nose forward like fish; a savage servility slides by on grease."