Saturday, September 26, 2009

I've had some interest from a publisher for a poetry manuscript, so I've been trying to find some time to work on it. He likes some of the poems in an unfinished collection I don't have a good title for. He likes the poem "Driving Around, Looking in Other People's Windows" the best and likes that for the title of the book, as well. I'm not sold. I've been calling it Habit of Doubt which isn't very good either. It's around 55 pages right now. I just added 3 or 4 poems. It needs about 15 more. It deals with the early days of my marriage (before it was a marriage) and the testing I underwent for Huntington's Disease, which runs in my family. Pretty brutal stuff. The poems are more formally inventive than Riceland, though also more accessible than, say, _____(Want/Need). Lots of lists and things. Really, it's some of the best stuff I've ever written. 2 sections--one on the relationship, one on the testing. It needs more on the testing, but it's difficult stuff.

Possible titles (thanks to Chris for most of these):

Habit of Doubt
Driving Around, Looking in Other People’s Windows
Being Half-God Means Being Half-Man
The Weight of Days
Love Is Not a Flower
Everything You Know Is Dead
Only Now Is Important
Dog’s Commit Suicide Too
Ennui Is Not a Color Scheme
Trust the Water


Glenn Buttkus said...

I have always liked "Driving around looking into other people's windows". It was one of the first of your poems I happened across in my search for poetic excellence. Some other title suggestions:

Love Hurts
Love Means Never Having to Wash Your Own Shorts
Kiss Me Quick
Pain Is My Companion
Huntington's Is Not A Bistro Nor
A Library
A Woman Ain't Nothing But Necessary.
Genetic Blues & Grays.
When Your Body Is A Stranger.
1,000 Miles From Riceland.


CLBledsoe said...

Thanks. I kind of like "A Woman Ain't Nothing But Necessary."

Eric Beeny said...

"The Weight of Days" seems like a good title for a collection.

CLBledsoe said...

Thanks Eric.