The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
The moment I saw the title of this book on bookstagram, I absolutely had to have it. And it so happens that my friend and co-worker is a huge lover of poetry! In fact, she’s probably the reason why I’ll be reading a lot more poetry in the coming months. And when I was talking to her about how I was dying to read this one, she told me she had it and lent it to me. What luck!
Poetry – especially contemporary poetry – is often easy to read, and the book quick to finish. But I read through these poems carefully, as though a friend were telling me a tale of her life story in wonderful snippets and punches of speech. From the very title I knew author Amanda Lovelace understood me, as likely many young people felt as they read that title too. The next words I read after the title were the dedication, which was a tip of the hat to our favourite Chosen One, and of course I had to keep reading. Then her first poems. They were about readers, dreamers, writers-to-be mixed up in this world void of magic we call reality. It was all over for me then – I read the rest of the book and took to heart every poem as I did so.
Now I can’t say I’ve experienced everything Amanda lays bare in each of the poems, but I enjoyed the story arc of the book. There’s a journey from the first poem to the last, a woman who went through experiences mentally and physically, and decided for herself from within those dark places, that she would make herself into a triumphant warrior. I can’t describe how this book spoke to my soul, especially as a writer and a woman, and I so enjoyed it. When I finished it, I wanted to go back and reread it!
If you’re interested in taking a dive into poetry, this one is definitely a good book to start with. And you can bet I’ll be picking up Amanda’s next book, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One next year!