Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Poetry of Titles

I’ve tried this before, here and here. This is what the titles sang to me this time.


The beach fears
unnamed maps
of the ancient sea kings.
Wide sargasso sea -
beyond infinity,
the face of the waters.

13 comments:

BernardL said...

You’ve woven threads from beach to Bermuda Triangle in six lines. :)

Aine said...

Fun idea! I'd love to see the maps of ancient sea kings.
:)

the walking man said...

Good Vesper, very good. My first impression was a more formalized use of William S. Burroughs "cut up" technique.

I like the the thoughts that come, the (pristine)beach's fear of Ancient maps, the Sargasso Sea, which some of the mariners of the 15th century feared because of the flotsam while others (Christopher Columbus) sailed through it to infinity. Definitely a work to produce different thoughts in different readers.

jason evans said...

Cool idea. :)

L.A. Mitchell said...

Fun idea. Was this a random or calculated stack?

strugglingwriter said...

I like this. Nice idea :)

Paul

Sarah Hina said...

I was wondering the same thing as L.A. I would imagine it was planned? Because this makes too much sense to me!

Very cool, Vesper. :) I like finding new meaning by combining different things...like a title collage!

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Vesper - now I know how I can while away the dark hours of winter! With a million books here, I should get tons of poems.

You always have such innovative posts. Really loved the poem, too!! Thanks!!

laughingwolf said...

is that ever neat, thx v :)

Marilyn Brant said...

Fascinating poem. Are these books from your home bookshelf or a collection you found and arranged at the store?

Catvibe said...

This is fun. I like the way you changed it so it became yours, ie: Instead of The Beach, Fears Unnamed, it is The Beach Fears, Unnamed Maps. I am imagining a fierce battle that the beach remembers and fears of Ancient Sea Kinds that fought on their shores.

The only one of these books I actually read was Wide Sargasso Sea. Great book.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Oh wow, what a cool idea - got to try this some time!
xxx

Vesper said...

Thanks, Bernard, I had in mind something like that. :-)

Thank you, Aine. Those maps are fascinating. The most famous is probably one from 1513, owned by the Ottoman admiral Piri Reis. It shows the northern coast of Antarctica, in an ice-free state...

Mark, thank you. Yes, some say Columbus had certain maps and that he knew exactly where he was going...

Thanks, Jason. :-)

Thank you, L.A.. Calculated, yes. I spent some time looking for some that I could use, mainly because not many titles include words that can be used as verbs.

Thank you, Paul! :-)

I'm glad you like it, Sarah. Thank you! Yes, this was an idea that appealed much to me. :-)

Thank you, K.! A million books, wow, a dream... You should try it. :-)

Thank you, Laughingwolf! :-) So, did you like "Fears Unnamed"?

Marilyn, thank you and welcome to my blog! Yes, I have these books at home. :-)

Catvibe, thank you! Yes, I was glad I could use "fears" as a verb. I loved "Wide Sargasso Sea"...

Vanilla, thank you! Yes, please try it, I'm sure you'll "discover" some nice poems...
xoxoxo