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#710 From Tanya Davis’s spirit to ours

Tanya Davis press photo

Tanya Davis press photo

Tanya Davis was living in Vancouver, British Columbia when Kinnie Starr and Shane Koyczan blew her on course at a cabaret show at the Church of Pointless Hysteria.

The course they blew her onto was performance poetry. If they hadn’t, millions of people (including me) might have missed out on her stunning poem, “How to Be Alone”, and the video of it created by artist and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman. Anyone who has ever felt less-than, for any reason, would have missed lines like this one:

It’s okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you, for this be relieved, keeps things interesting life’s magic things in reach.

Artists wondering if their work mattered would have missed out on an earlier collaboration with Dorfman, Art. Though it has had only about a tenth as many viewers as the later video, “Art” shoots an arrow straight into this writer’s heart with its chorus:

Art, art, I want you
Art, you make it pretty hard not to
And my heart is trying hard here to follow you
But I can’t always tell if I ought to

The singer, songwriter and poet moved across the country and made her mark in Halifax. She is still performing but wrote on her blog, on May 10, 2013:

I won’t be touring much for the next little while since I am busy morphing
something is happening but I don’t know what
my poems are changing
so are the songs I want to be playing
I have new things to say but how will I say them… give me some time, I’ll figure it out.

Take all the time you need, Tanya Davis. Those of us who are inspired by your work have plenty to keep our spirits happy while you gestate whatever artistic expression your soul calls out of you.

At First, Lonely


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