Saturday, March 31

'truth. Gobble it, think
of that dribbling silk...'

Prefer the word 'devour', but 'Gobble' sounds more childish, more urgent? And devour... is overused.

Or 'hunger'? Can you 'hunger' something? Or 'Evaporate' it?

6 comments:

Mr. X said...

No, but you can imbibe or absorb it.
it just depends on taste :)

SophieBob said...

I like the word 'gobble'. It does create an image of a kid feasting, messily on their favourite...ice-cream or something.
either that or a big monster 'gobbling' up a little girl. lol. probably not what you're going for...i like the world. gobble, gobble. Oh dear, i've said it so many times that it's lost all meaning. sounds like a turkey, actually....gobble.

SophieBob said...

actually, it now reminds me of..that Goebles character. however his name is spelt. Goebbles? I think. hmm. i'm probably putting you off the word now, hehe!x

Ros Barber said...

I like gobble. You can see it. Its full of greedy urgency. And the sound of the word is fabulously physical, not at all like the detached, observational "devour". And then there's the sexual aspect. And the rough slang echo of gob to emphasize the mouth. There are all sorts of layers to gobble. I say keep it.

Katy said...

mr. x - Imbibe is one I've not tried out in anything yet. It'll lurk for a while, and maybe, maybe maybe, show up somewhere later on in life...

sophie - Goebbels... I think I'll leave that association out! But yes, I agree -- it sounds childlike, instinctive.

ros - my current humming and harring is over how close 'gobble' and 'gob' could be placed in the same piece. There is always a humming and harring.

Ros Barber said...

Indeed, humming and harring is mostly where a poem is written, it seems to me. It's all humming and harring if it's ever going to be any good, I feel. Humming and harring is just another was of saying "thoughtful editing", isn't it? Good poems often take time, have to be lived with for a while, before gut instinct starts telling you what to do with a word or a line.