Title: The Princess Saves Herself in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women are Some Kind of Magic #1
Length: 156 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: April 23, 2016
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: fairy tales, feminist poetry
Content Warnings: abuse, sexual assault, self-harm, suicide (the book includes a more comprehensive list of trigger warnings)
“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.
This is a case where I wanted to read this book for so long and I heard so many great things about it that I set my expectations a bit too high for this to blow me away, but I still loved it.
I was blown away by the raw honesty of her words and how much emotion she packed such short poems. However, I prefer my confessional poetry a bit more lyrical than this. Lots of poems wowed me, but I found the execution a bit uneven, particularly when it came to the transitions from poem to poem when the subject changed.
Overall, I enjoyed this emotional feminist poetry, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series.