i was working on my table of contents last night, and it suddenly dawned on me that i use a lot of names in my titles. a lot! don't believe me? well, here's a list of the name-centric titles:
Our Completion: Oil on Wood: Tino Rodríguez: 1999
Poem after Frieda Kahlo’s Painting The Broken Column
To Robert Hayden
Misael: Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas: Julio Galán: 2001
Midnight Coffee: Rafael Rodriguez Rapún: 1936
Variation on a Theme by José Montoya
La Pelona: Mixed Media: Ester Hernández: 1980
After Bei Dao/ After Jean Valentine
My Hands Are My Heart: Two-Part Cibachrome Print: Gabriel Orozco: 1991
Untitled (Perfect Lovers): Two Commercial Clocks: Felix Gonzalez-Torres: 1987-89
most of the names belong to visual artists. the rest belong to writers. one name belongs to lorca's last lover.
i wonder what this means? why am i obsessed with naming specific folks? well, i know why i use the names of these writers in my titles. they are the names of four poets who are very important to me: hayden, dao, valentine, montoya. and i like to honor my influences.
and the visual artist names are there because i have a standard way of giving titles to ekphrastic poems: title of art piece, materials used in piece, name of artist and date completed.
of course, now that i've noticed this habit of mine, i will stop plugging in names in my titles.
i'm crazy like that.