I've found the title of my second manuscript: Bone Echo. I'm relieved and excited about it. I'd like your feedback, whether it appeals to you or not. I'd thought for several months that the title would include the word "acoustic" or "acoustics," as some of you may recall. I appreciate the e-mails and comments I received about the possible titles. But it wasn't happening.
Last night, during a great conversation with a friend whose creative spirit and energy is among the most expansive I've ever known, we were talking about poetry and poets, bookstores and books. We'd talked about book titles before, and last night it came up again. I explained what I liked about the word "acoustic" but why it wasn't working in the title. I won't explain the details of the conversation, but the result was that in some strange moment of synchronicity, we arrived at a title at the same time---she said it out loud, "How about 'Bone Echo'?" --at the exact moment I thought to myself, "Bone Echo." It captures much of the second manuscript's direction thus far---poems about certainty, the body, foundations, simplicity, one's own voice, and resonance or reverberation. There is a certainty or finality in many of the poems, including the more expansive series of poems I've been writing as of late: poems like "Gardening Secrets of the Dead," "Fire," and the new one, "Eschara." At any rate, I'll let this simmer for a while, but I like it quite a bit. Your two cents are welcome.