I’m happy to report that we (meaning my editors at Beacon) have finally come up with a title for my anthology of literature on parenting disabled children. My original title was However Green the Cup, which was taken from a the lines of poem by contributor John Morgan: …”what we hold too close our hands/may crush, however green that cup, however full.” My editor said that her colleagues thought the title elicited a dirty glass with green scum, and also said that it was too cryptic. My second choice title (which I never brought up because I realized no one would go for it) was It’s Sad to Be Poor and Living in Kansas, taken from a poem by Michele Battiste. The real title is….drum roll, please….Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising Children with Special Needs. I love this title because it is warm and fuzzy, like my mother said, but it also suggests something darker – loving something that’s in pieces, loving someone absoutely and desperately, loving someone in a way that breaks your heart.
I love the title, and I hope that readers love the book as much as I do when it comes out next spring.