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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reader's Diary #1833- Tanya Davis (poetry), Andrea Dorfman (illustrations): How to be Alone

Tanya Davis's poem How to be Alone, illustrated by Andrea Dorfman, could make a fine gift for those long-term single people, newly-single people, or people who, while part of a couple (or trio?), nonetheless like to be alone but society has convinced them that being alone is a bad thing.

I wasn't sure if I'd appreciate it at first, despite someone who does, in fact, like solitude. It began with the feel-good advice and literalness that I didn't really enjoy in Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey. However, as a single poem it began to develop into itself and some of the scenes portrayed reminded me of the lightly provocative moods of better haikus.

The art by Andrea Dorfman has a folkish quality that suits the tone.

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