Use Your Imagination in Writing a Title for Your Poetry Book

I believe poetry book titles are among the hardest ones to come up with.  You can study your bookshelf to inspire you to write a title or study titles at a library or bookstore.

In looking through my shelf of poetry books, I see some wonderful, evocative titles that may spur you to come up with your own.

Whether or not I thoroughly enjoy each poem in the book, my favorite titles are:

1)  Crinkled Sunshine (Members’ Anthology 2000, Haiku Society of America)

2)  A Solitary Leaf, (Members’ Anthology 1997, Haiku Society of America)

3)  Before All The Leaves Are Gone, by Gary Hotham

4)  The Unworn Necklace, by Roberta Beary

5)  handful of sand, by Stanford M. Forrester

6)  The Windswept Corner, by Alan Pizzarelli

7)  Fragments, by Ed Alison Williams

8)  piano practice, by Tom Painting

9)  The Orange Balloon, by Penny Harter

10) room full of chairs, by John S. O’Connor

11) A Dash Through Leaves, by Penny Griffin

12) Something Unerasable, by John Stevenson

13) curve into curve, by anne mckay

14) The Shape of Water, by Robert Spiess

15) The Heron’s Legs, by Robert Spiess

16) Sailing Alone Around the Room, by  Billy Collins

17) Like a Crane at Night, by Gail Sher

18) the duck’s wake, by Jeff Witkin

19) . . . the path of the bird, by vincent tripi

Keep in mind that often the simpler the title, the more evocative it is. Search deep inside of yourself for a title.

Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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5 Responses to Use Your Imagination in Writing a Title for Your Poetry Book

  1. snowbirdpress says:

    Hi, Charlotte, I can’t tell you how many books I bought on the title alone… Often extremely misleading!

  2. snowbirdpress says:

    P.S. I have to tell you, the title of Bob Spiess’ book: The Turtle’s Ear … I thought was so very perfect. I always loved that title.

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