9.23.2007

Interesting, from a 9/17 Virginia Quarterly Review blog post:

The ten most common titles of submissions that we’ve received in the past year:

Remember
Smoke
Revelation
Work
Grace
Waiting
Insomnia
Voyeur
Butterfly
Reunion

7 comments:

Valerie Loveland said...

Oh no, I have a poem called "Insomnia."

Jessy said...

Crumbs. I have one called "Reunion."

LKD said...

BUTTERFLY??????

Are you kidding me?

Actually, the string of words would make an interesting title:

Remember, Smoke: Revelation is Hard Work; Grace is Waiting like Insomnia, like a Voyeur, like a Butterfly. Reunion, my dear. Reunion.

Pamela said...

Oh, no. I have Revelation and Grace. "Revelation" is about snake-handling (part of a much longer poem) and "Grace" is about a portrait of Gertrude Stein.

I guess I won't be sending them to VQR.

Emily Lloyd said...

"Butterfly" was a bit surprising, wasn't it?

I think VQR is missing an opportunity here. They could run a whole issue called "30 Best Poems Called 'Reunion' That We Received This Year," etc. I'm not crazy about any of these titles, but I'd read that issue--I love seeing what people do with the same given, be it a title or end-words (like that great bout rimes edition of Court Green).

Emily Lloyd said...

Pamela--I'd be very interested in reading "Grace"...

Pamela said...

Thanks, Emily--I'm flattered. I'm waiting for "Grace" to return from my low-res MFA professor. I'll post or email it to you when it wends its highly annotated way back to me.