Title: The princess saves herself in this one
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: Andrews McMeel publishing
I feel this review may end up being very similar to the one I did for Milk and Honey which you can find here. As after reading it I have many of the same feelings and reasons why I personally could not give this collection a higher rating.
So firstly I will begin by saying that despite the awesome title this is not a light hearted collection by any stretch of the imagination. Lovelace in this poetry collection explores and delves into some pretty heavy and even dark themes, which obviously appear to stem mainly from personal experiences she has had. Now these sections and poems are the parts that I personally could not connect to. This is not to say that they were not well written or emotive. Because they were. I definitely felt many emotions while reading them. It’s just that fortunately I have not experienced these situations or similar ones. So for that reason I could not relate or connect to the story being told in the beginning of the collection. I do however commend Lovelace for being able to put herself out there/ expose her past demons so thoroughly and personally show that amount of strength in turning those experiences into this collection.
The later part of the collection I did rather enjoy and found I could connect to a lot more of the poems. I found the last section titled: You to be mostly positive, very empowering and full of self-love messages. This is something I can get behind and something I think needs to be spread around more. I will say a lot of the self-love/ fuck what anybody else thinks poems were exactly what I needed to hear and I connected with these the most.
A few of my favourite poems from the collection were:
- What they don’t want you to know
- Use those fragments to make stepping-stones to your own self love
- Women are some kind of magic
- This life is still worth living
- Don’t allow the world to take your kindness
- Love is never a weakness
- I believe in you
There were quite a number of others that I also enjoyed throughout the collection or that stuck a cord with me regardless of the themes. I also loved the dedication at the beginning and the Pending at the end. Lastly I just generally liked how the collection was set out as a whole.
In conclusion I gave this collection of Poetry a solid 3.5/5. As it was in my opinion a well written, put together and emotive poetry collection. However for the most part I was unable to fully connect and relate to too many of the themes due to my own personal life experiences. It should be noted that I am also not the biggest fan of poetry in general.
Are you a big poetry reader? Or do you struggle to relate to poetry content? Have you read this collection? What did you think? Happy reading and watching,