I was having a conversation with a colleague the other day (I am a Further Education Lecturer in Communication and English at Stevenson College, incidentally), during which the topic of self-promotion came up. I mentioned that I had just started a blog to put out some of my poetry. At which point she got very excited and demanded to see it right away.
And was not impressed with the name ‘Concrete Void’.
Now, I am aware that it does not necessarily make a lot of sense at first reading, and when you do understand it, it is rather pretentious – I admitted as much in only my second post. But I have to admit, I actually do really like it. I think it’s cool. It comes from Howl. And it has, like, layers of meaning. My colleague pointed out that it is not very accessible, and may put off potential readers who are not already into poetry in a big way. I responded that I didn’t think any such potential readers existed.
What do you guys think? Have I picked a ridiculous, unhelpful, elitist and rather silly name? Or is it an interesting, effective and relevant title under which to post my not-necessarily-very-accessible-anyway poetry?
I would love to hear your thoughts!