Margaret Atwood in her 2020 poetry collection Dearly offered a “parade of photos that prove that (she) was her and that (she) was (herself.)” In her work, she assumed the role of the “Tin Woodswoman left in the rain,” not unhappy about what was lacking within because “hearts hurt.” Her poems speak of sexuality and aging, violence against women, and self protection. She’s of course a master storyteller, so it was interesting to delve into this facet of her writing. Some of the works were profound, while others played with words and emotions. There’s even a poem about zombies! My favorite poem in this wonderful collection, though, portrayed a touching moment with her elderly, memory-challenged mother. Yes, hearts hurt, indeed. Astute observation, Ms. Atwood!

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