I know what sort of title I don't want for my book. I don't want an abstraction, or anything too mysterious sounding. I don't want anything that sounds like the title of a Jodi Picoult book. I don't want the name of a person or a place. I don't want a pun, a cliche or a truism, especially not one that's understood to be ironic once you've read the book.
What kind of title I do want is more difficult to pinpoint, but there are two reasons I feel the need to get this sorted. Firstly, because I want to ask a friend of mine to draw me a cover, and I need to tell her what the book's actually called. Secondly, I've a vague idea that I can edit the book in line with the title, and it'll make me excited about going over it again.
Is what I want the opposite of the things I've listed above? ie. a specific, possibly longwinded, irreverent or purposefully obtuse title? I'm obviously wary of having a title whose tone contrasts too strongly with the poems inside the book. None of what I've written is remotely humorous, if I'm honest, and that's unlikely to change now. But could I pick out an image from one of my poems that's specific enough to seem strange, yet still inkeeping with the style my poems are written in?
It might look as though I'm shying away from telling the reader what is significant about the book, which I suppose I am. I suppose I'd like the reader to decide what they found significant, after reading it, but then, wouldn't everyone? I think I'm suffering from an unbearable combination of embarrass-ability and self-regard, which can only be cured by changing the title of every poem to 'Poem' and calling the book 'Poems'.
Some time today, I'm going to set up a poll which will appear on the side of the page, allowing you all to vote for my least embarrassing idea. One of the options will be 'Poems'.
EDIT: I have created the poll, but I'm having some technical issues getting the text to not be the same colour as the background. Should hopefully solve this soon, in the meantime, select the text to see it.