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October 06, 2016


Thanks for the post, Alan!

Ashbery has a poem that's a list of titles, yes? "Title Search," perhaps?

Also, check out Tom Andrews's "Dr. Farnsworth, a Chiropodist, Lived in Ohio, Where He Wrote Only the First Lines of Poems":


Cool beans! Thanks for the tip 'n leads, Mike!

This is terrific. I think about titles all the time and collect them but could never have elucidated all these feats of title. This is a gift. And alone it could be the basis for a seminar. Class.

Degree program.

Also, way to go reaching/ ceasing at (prime) 29.

Thanks, Amy. And yes, prime's always a goal--as you rightly suspect of my ambitions.

Another excellent post in a series of them.
I, too, make lists of titles -- by noting potential titles as they occur -- and I recommend the procedure. Beginning with a title rather than ending with one is an attractive option. I recently wrote "32 Titles for Bad Poems" for the magazine "32" and look forward to sharing it with you.
Thank you, Alan, for the inspired work you've done in this space.
-- DL

Thanks for sharing this

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