About a year ago, Kathleen Kirk posted about long titles and short poems. As I was reading this week, I came across an example that I love in Nick Lantz’s book We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (title from a Donald Rumsfeld quote).
The Collapse of a Twenty-Story Bamboo Construction Scaffold Caught on Home Video – Hong Kong, September 12, 2002
Until you play the tape backward,
you not see the body: live and leaping
into the reassembling wreckage.
The small poem in and of itself would be a devastating image. The addition of the long title, with its sterile objectivity, makes the action of the poem all the more emotional.
If you want to write: