I've written lots of poems, but I've only rewritten, polished, honed, edited and sweated over a few dozen, the rest are just poetic larvae. Now I have to find some sort of sequence to put into a pamphlet. This means I also have to come up with titles for them all, and I'm wondering if the titles could tell the story that the poems kind of tell. They are presently arranged mostly chronologically, but some have very boring titles. Reunion, Bookmarks, One Day, Crime Scene, Spice Rack. I also have to come up with the title for the pamphlet.
Clare Pollard offers this advice in a workshop provided by Mslexia: look for words that crop up many times, or a single line that is relevant to many of the poems. She even suggests looking at book titles for inspiration, which I've had a go at two. One word that comes up many times, is sister. A line I liked was 'three sisters, two are dead' which I've played around with. It does seem to have a hook but something about it seems weak. I may be at the stage where everything seems crap, though, so don't mind me.
A Baby's Bones has been truncated and edited and polished for the Yeovil competition, so I can start working on the poetry properly, until I get the last draft back from the agent, anyway. Then I can get back to 'work'. It does occur to me that when I'm looking at poetry, I weigh my fiction up much more carefully, listening for music, for the structure of the words as they translate back off the page when I read it. I think I could do with some time just to create more embryo poems - freewrites normally - as raw material to hone later. Just to keep me on my literary toes.