46º ~ beautiful, beautiful sun, strong breeze trying to become a wind, forced to re-drape the window due to the return of the robin (aka, my personal Angry Bird)
This morning, another rejection for manuscript #2 arrived, so, based on much advice last month, I've been sitting with the book and trying to decide how I can improve it.
I've just spent the last hour re-reading the book. I'm at a loss for re-ordering the poems AGAIN. If there is some magic key that will unlock the "right" way to do this, I don't have it. Grrrrrrr....
One suggestion from all of the great advice was that I might have been trying to do too much with the title. It has been "In a World Made of Such Weather as This." Several people cautioned against using such a long title, but I was certain that was IT. Now, I'm less certain. So, in my re-reading for poem order, I also collected some new phrases that might work as a title. The interesting part of this exercise was reflecting on the phrases and seeing if they covered the book as a whole.
With these phrases, I created a poll (see right column at top), and I would LOVE to know what you all think, Dear Readers. Please vote! The poll will be open until noon on 1/22/12. (I'm getting the book ready for some February deadlines.)
To vote, you might want to know more about the book. Here are some thoughts.
1. It remains rooted in the Midwest, the landscape and the people.
2. It explores death through elegies for that landscape and those people.
3. There are a lot of birds in the book.
4. There is a lot about the wind in the book (see #1).
5. There are some made-up saints and their penitents.
6. A glacial erratic is a large rock moved by a glacier, so that the Midwest is dotted with these looming giants that don't belong geologically, but can't be moved (i.e. we are a stubborn people).
7. There are many poems about the body and mortality.
8. There is a lot of grass in the book, and not that 'hippie-hay' kind of grass. Prairie grass, my friends.
Okay, please vote.