One of many, many things I obsess over is how to organize the Anthology. And, for that matter, what to call it.
For the organization I’ve been thinking that when it gets up to 300 or so authors, as it probably will, it will be difficult to arrange the poems artistically, as an editor should. It would be tough to remember 300 poems in enough detail to arrange them to read fluidly. But that is my ideal. Assuming that I get tired of trying to do that and have to do something simpler, I’ve considered organizing by state, birthdate, or name. But those are all typical ways of ordering an anthology, and maybe there is a better way. Ideas?
For instance, maybe I could ask people which of 5 major events marked their development the most, say, The Fall of the Berlin wall, or 9/11, or Columbine, or something, and organize the book into subsections by trauma. Or into subsections by geographical region. If I can get the subsections down so that they describe 50 people instead of all 300 at once then it would be easier to arrange the poems in each section so that they read well together.
(There will be plenty of visual work as well as a few critical essays to break up the monotony of 300 pages of poetry, though perhaps I am the only one who is bored by the prospect of reading 300 pages of poetry.)
For the title I am planning to call the Anthology whatever it has become called by “pop culture” by the time it’s ready for print. Right now it seems that it is most often referred to as the 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets. Is that the title?