LONELY: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loneliness and Being Alone
Published by Collections of Poetry and Prose
Published 1 April 2016
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Featuring 118 contributions from 57 writers in 26 countries, with many of the contributions reflecting the diverse backgrounds and cultures of the writers, and all writing in their own unique style, LONELY – A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loneliness and Being Alone, is an extraordinary, unique and eclectic mixture of both traditional and modern verse, and short prose, from writers around the world.
Focusing on just about every aspect of loneliness and being alone, and covering topics as diverse as old age, bereavement, abandonment, divorce, entrapment, unrequited love, depression, trauma, failure and addiction, as well as the more abstract and esoteric, LONELY is already being acclaimed worldwide for its diversity and mix of writers and styles.
From Listen Carefully by Lonita Nugrahyu
Have you ever listened carefully to silence, my dear
If you do,
Would you agree with me that it is the noisiest noise you could ever hear?
It really is…
WHAT I THOUGHT
I really enjoyed LONELY: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loneliness and Being Alone. I preferred the poetry in the collection. The stories were all really enjoyable but I enjoyed the poems a bit more. Loneliness is something most people have felt at some point in their life and it comes in different shapes and forms. I was lonely growing up because I was bullied at school. I was lonely before I became open about my sexuality. I was lonely when relationships ended. LONELY: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loneliness and Being Alone has something for everyone, some event, feeling or emotion to make a connection with. I was impressed by the different styles of poetry and fiction. No two pieces were the same or remotely similar. I was impressed by the multitude of ways the theme of being lonely was explored. The opening poem, Listen Carefully by Lonita Nugrahyu is excellent. The poem starts of subtly with powerful imagery and gradually builds to an incredible painful portrait about domestic violence. The power of this poem is what is not overtly stated but what simmer underneath. Empty Chair by Lynda Jessen-Tye is simple and heart-wrenching. The story But I Loved You All The Same by Courtney Speedy is about mental illness and the wedge it can drive between loved ones. Another story, The Hole by Claudia Hardt is an unusual tale about someone desperate to be alone. I enjoyed the other poems and stories in the collection but these stood out the most.