Dog Bite (a noun and a verb exercise)

The naming words and the doing words are where all the action is in prose. Look what happened when Blackmore brought the dog-noun and the bite-verb together: savagery.  I love Blackmore’s poem for so many reasons, but today I want to read it in terms of nouns and verbs. ‘Dog Bite’, Elizabeth Blackmore my dogContinue reading “Dog Bite (a noun and a verb exercise)”

Nouns and Verbs

I was woken by a pair of Noisy Minor birds. Earlier that night, I had been reading an article by Andrew O’Hagan about nouns, specifically the nouns for alcohol used by Ernest Hemingway: Vermouth, white capri, whiskey, Asti, grappa, cognac, brandy, martini, barbera, champagne, Munich beer, Glühwien, marsala, chianti, occasionally even plain ‘beer’. ‘Hemingway,’ saysContinue reading “Nouns and Verbs”