Hi friends! I’ve got a trillion reviews to write* because I’ve actually been doing my job and reading for once. I’m not used to this.
*okay maybe it’s only three but THAT’S STILL A LOT
“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”
A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.
When I started 2019, I never thought I’d pick up a poetry collection. Not because I don’t dislike poetry, but because I never would have searched it out. But then the reading slump hit, I discovered something that has drastically changed my life, and I’ve totally transformed as a reader*. So when I intentionally bought (yes, me who never buys books) this, I had really high hopes!
As the blurb says, this is split into four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. I didn’t realize this but the first three sections are the story of the author. I want to put trigger/content warnings for grief, and emotional abuse because Lovelace is so very raw and honest.
*for once, i’m not kidding. i’d really like to make a post about it someday, because i’ve really changed
I ADORED the feminism in this! The power words wield are indescribable, and the author acknowledged that. I felt heard and empowered after reading this. I have so many favorite poems and I really need to reread and mark certain things up.
When she described the feelings of being in love, falling in love, and healing from love, it was so powerful. I just sat in awe sitting in shock from feels.
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– it was like coming home after a long, long day.
Lovelace’s* story was so raw. You could feel the tidal waves of grief and pain, of love and laughter and joy. It made her poems feel like they came straight from the heart.
*am i the only one who automatically thinks of George Lovelace? yes? okay then
As much as I loved the emotion constantly seeping through the words, there were some poems that kind of felt like pure emotion and and not any kind of actual rhythm or reason. It threw me out of the whirlwind of storytelling she’d built. Which of course is completely understandable in a way, because the author’s journey is the theme of the book. Still, I was crazy annoyed.
And that’s it! This was a super short poetry collection so my review is *also* super short. I’d like to end with my sudden 1 A.M. burst of inspiration: a poem I wrote:
i felt the stars in my eyes grow and grow, until they were bursting through the doors of my soul.– me, pretending i’m half as good as amanda lovelace
Tell me: what are your favorite poetry collections? Have you read anything in this series?