I can see now from reading other authors on Red Room that titles matter hugely. My friend Vivian Shipley, poetry editor of the Connecticut Review, tells me that she must be knocked out by a title to continue reading a poem, to consider it for publication. Her own manuscript, Hardboot, went through the rounds under a less interesting title. Once she upgraded the title, the manuscript was accepted quickly by a university press. I've started a new series of poems here at VCCA. The first one, "Eating the New Species," is about Darwin's inadvertent eating of a species of bird he was trying to find in Tierra del Fuego. The the bird was a small species of ostrich, to judge from the pictures. Before he finished the meal, he realized his mistake and asked the cook to preserve the leftovers! Last night a younger poet said to me, "Should I know your work?" She's the new species and I was, for a moment, tempted to be Godzilla. I was calm though, and pointed her to the library. Reader, what would you have said? Marilyn
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.