Title: The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women Are Some Kind of Magic #3
Length: 208 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: confessional poetry
Content Warnings: see book for a comprehensive trigger warnings
Series Reviews: (1) The Princess Saves Herself in This One, (2) The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.
The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.
I loved the way Amanda Lovelace shared her trauma and healing in hauntingly beautiful ways. Again, this collection was more focused on one topic than The Princess Saves Herself in This One, which made it more cohesive and effective.
I also really loved how the last section included poems from contributors, connecting Lovelace’s personal journey to a more universal experience of womanhood. I am excited to look up the contributing poets and read more of their works!