I've spent part of the morning assembling my working woman chapbook (some time ago, you may remember that I wrote about noticing how many of my recent poems discuss mid-life despair at working life and wondering if a book of those poems could work or whether it would be too depressing; unfortunately, I can't find the original blog post).
Now for the hard part: choosing a title. I don't have the same kind of trouble choosing titles that some people have written about. Some people can't find a title because no title seems applicable to the book as a whole.
On the contrary, I usually have at least 5 titles with which I am swoonily in love. I suppose it's a good problem to have.
So, I'm turning to you, faithful readers (both here and on Facebook). Which title would most appeal to you? I'm going to leave aside the issue of which title is most applicable to the collection, since they all are (perhaps I'll save that for a future blog post, if there's enough information). All of these potential titles are also titles of individual poems in the collection.
What I really want to know is which title would most compel you to pick up the book?
Here are your title options, in no particular order (you may also say, "None of them are appealing; try again":
1. Scout at Midlife
2. Sleepless Beauties
3. I Stand Here Shredding Documents
4. Meeting Hell
5. Penelope Plans a Play Date
Let me know what you think; if you want to expound on why/how you chose the one you did and/or rejected the others, feel free. And thanks for playing/voting.
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