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Connections: May 2.18

What’s in a hat?

Besides a head, I mean.

Is there stature, haute couture,

or is it mere windscreen?

An identity enhancer

or a scrim to hide behind?

Does it flop or hold up pertly?

Insouciant? Bold? Refined?

Is it cloche or lightly bouncing

on the wearer’s comely pate

or, cockeyed, sit athwart,

like sliding dinner plate?

Is it manly or so dainty,

beribboned or hound’s-tooth?

Does it, placid, enwreathe age

or bob atop some youth?

Ed Norton knew it well:

there’s ipseity in a hat

gracing the cranium royal

or proletariat.



More thanks to the S.W. Berg Photo Archives.