DUMBO — On Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., Beth Griffenhagen will read from her new book, Haiku for the Single Girl.
The book, with illustrations by Cynthia Vehslage Meyers, is a celebration of the single girl’s life and everything that comes with it. Unsolicited relationship advice from relatives, disastrous dates, men who wear thumb rings, and the moments of deep satisfaction when a single girl realizes that she can do whatever she wants with her time — they’re all here in Haiku for the Single Girl.
Haiku for the Single Girl is essentially a collection of anecdotes, and most any one of the haikus could be unpacked to reveal a larger (and likely hilarious) story.
The idea for the project originated when New Yorker Griffenhagen was out for a “single girl’s night” with a good friend. On the way to the train, she stopped at a bodega and picked up a bag of Cheetos. Devouring half the bag before she go to the station, Beth realized that her hands were coated in orange powder, and she had nothing with her to clean them off.
She remembers this moment as “so comically pathetic,” but at the same time realized she was incredibly happy. She says, “I had just had a blast spending time with a good friend, and didn’t need to be anywhere, I was living in the greatest city in the world, I was snacking on Cheetos with gusto — life was good! And, in a cocktail haze, I found the phrase ‘Cheeto dust’ to be unbearably beautiful just then.
“So I dusted off my hands on my purse and thought:
“I walk home alone/
“Bag covered in Cheeto dust/
“Should this depress me?
“And then I wrote a bunch more, was introduced to Cynthia, and the rest is history!”