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Book Title: Haiku for the Single Girl. Beth Griffenhagen|
Date of issue: 2011
ISBN 13: 9780857864222
The author of the book: Beth Griffenhagen
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.58 MB
Edition: Canongate Books
Read full description of the books Haiku for the Single Girl. Beth Griffenhagen:Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.
As I'd read a comedy poetry book before and really enjoyed it, so I jumped at the chance to review another one.
Haiku for the Single Girl does exactly what it says on the tin. It's haiku poetry about being female and single. Haiku is a form of poetry I've come to quite admire, because on the surface they seem quite simple; three lines, five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables. But that's the whole poem. And I'm rubbish at all things poetry so the idea of writing a poem under strict rules and have it make sense? I'm just not that clever. But the ones in this book are so simple to understand and just hilarious!
The books celebrates and complains about singledom, whether recently single, single for a while, or post-divorce singledom. It covers dating, casual "relationships", and desperate attempts to find someone. It's just brilliant.
There are a number of extremely funny haikus, and I would normally quote a few to you, but considering the fact that younger readers may be here to read some of my YA reviews, I can't quote them as they're a little near the mark. But they had me laughing out loud! So, so funny!
There are a few that went over my head, but I think that's more to do with my own single life rather than with any fault of the poet, Griffenhagen. I just haven't experienced the things she was referring to, so didn't really understand.
Haikus for the Single Girl is a very quick read, but a great one. It's the kind of book I'd force on my girlie friends for a bit of a laugh, whether single or not. It would also make a very cool gift for anti-Valentine's Day parties. It's a great little book, and I highly recommend it!
Read information about the authorBeth Griffenhagen was born and raised in North Carolina. She is in her late twenties and works as a PR Manager for Murray's Cheese, NYC's oldest cheese shop. Cynthia Meyers is a freelance illustrator who lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times and Time magazine.
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