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"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 "Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we're off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our


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"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 "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.

21 review for The Princess Saves Herself in This One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    hittingenterafterevery worddoes not makeit poetry.Or maybe it does these days. Between the highly praised Lang Leav and this latest Goodreads Choice finalist, I guess these emo tumblr quotes are the modern version of poetry. Call me old school, but I kind of expect something more. Some of these sentences are nice, sure, and some of them tickle the inner emo that lives inside us all, the one that occasionally makes us stay up late sobbing over Elliott Smith songs (oh wait, that's just me?) but co hittingenterafterevery worddoes not makeit poetry.Or maybe it does these days. Between the highly praised Lang Leav and this latest Goodreads Choice finalist, I guess these emo tumblr quotes are the modern version of poetry. Call me old school, but I kind of expect something more. Some of these sentences are nice, sure, and some of them tickle the inner emo that lives inside us all, the one that occasionally makes us stay up late sobbing over Elliott Smith songs (oh wait, that's just me?) but come on, is this really the best we have to offer up nowadays? At a time when we just lost the wonderful Leonard Cohen, I can't help feeling sad at the direction poetry is moving in. Consider these by Cohen: Ring the bells that still can ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a crack in everythingThat's how the light gets in.Now I've heard there was a secret chordThat David played, and it pleased the LordBut you don't really care for music, do you?It goes like thisThe fourth, the fifthThe minor fall, the major liftThe baffled king composing Hallelujah. And then this: the princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. How is that even a poem? It's just a badly-punctuated sentence that sounds kinda cool. Put it in a pretty cursive font and it would get so many reblogs on tumblr. If you came here because, like me, you thought the whole feminist aspect sounded really interesting, I recommend you check out the witty and darkly comical Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty instead.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    icanwritepoetry toobut i preferto write bookreviewsso ihavedone apoetical reviewhere goesthis book isnot poetrynor is this reviewpoeticali have justdecidedto bashmy enter key becausefor some reasonpeoplewilllike itand call itpoetrywhen reallythereisno artor skill involveda chimp coulddo iti have not evenbeenclever with wordsor theirplacementbut i didrandomly useitalics and putsome words inboldi am alsoafraid of grammarand capital lettersthough reallyi havejustbashed enterand solditas poetry____ icanwritepoetry toobut i preferto write bookreviewsso ihavedone apoetical reviewhere goesthis book isnot poetrynor is this reviewpoeticali have justdecidedto bashmy enter key becausefor some reasonpeoplewilllike itand call itpoetrywhen reallythereisno artor skill involveda chimp coulddo iti have not evenbeenclever with wordsor theirplacementbut i didrandomly useitalics and putsome words inboldi am alsoafraid of grammarand capital lettersthough reallyi havejustbashed enterand solditas poetry___________________________________You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree.__________________________________

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    Okay. Yeah. That was....well, not my favorite ever thing. I feel like I just read my middle school AIM away messages or 200 pages of emo Myspace updates. I need to go listen to some Dashboard Confessional STAT.I love the idea. I love the sentiments and the lessons, and CERTAINLY the feminist ideas at work here. If I saw any of the platitudes expressed in the "you" section on Tumblr, I'd happily reblog them. I definitely appreciate the raw emotions that very clearly went into the writing of them, Okay. Yeah. That was....well, not my favorite ever thing. I feel like I just read my middle school AIM away messages or 200 pages of emo Myspace updates. I need to go listen to some Dashboard Confessional STAT.I love the idea. I love the sentiments and the lessons, and CERTAINLY the feminist ideas at work here. If I saw any of the platitudes expressed in the "you" section on Tumblr, I'd happily reblog them. I definitely appreciate the raw emotions that very clearly went into the writing of them, and how personal the author was willing to get about her life. BUT. Um. Ummmmmmmmm. What the fuck.But that...well. That's just not the kind of poetry I respond to. I find minimalist poetry EXTREMELY hit or miss, and when I (VERY RARELY) read poetry, it's usual the lusher, more ornate kind--or at least the more visually creative. Because this...I mean, there's nothing new here. It's generic Tumblr platitudes. It's emo angst that should be emblazoned over a picture of a sad girl on the beach and put on Pinterest. It's beyond basic metaphors and cliche imagery about hearts and stars and oceans. It'shitting enterafter nearlye v e r y w o r dandmakingitfeeldeep.To me that's just a waste of trees, but hey, to each their own.Again, i APPRECIATE the raw angst here, but it's pretty clunky. There's no subtlety or nuance, which is why it makes me think of 13 year old me, just scribbling out PURE FEELINGS to the page because it was the only person who'd listen and all the feelings FELT SO NEW. Which, I mean, thank you for the nostalgia, if that's what was intended, but as a book of POETRY--sophisticated poetry for the modern feminist--it's a hard pass. I mean, this book of poetry even touched on things that are very personal to me, like grief, but I got zero feels. It was all so distant and buried in cliches. Examples: everyone i love leaves.I...what? What Peyton Sawyer bullshit is this? That's the whole poem?? ONE TREE HILL WAS WANGSTING LIKE THIS TEN YEARS AGO.i hope youtreat her betterthan youevertreated me.Did you carve this on the door of a bathroom stall orhe loves me.he loves me not.he loves her.he loves her not.he loves me.he loves me not.he loves her.he loves her not.he loves me.he loves me not.he loves her.he loves her not.he loves me.he loves me not.he loves her.he loves her not.he loves me.he loves me not.- i ran out of petals.And I ran out of fucks.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kai Spellmeier

    "when i hadno friendsi reached insidemy belovedbooks& sculpted someout of12 pttimes new roman-& it was almost good enough"I've been eyeing this book for quite a while now. I saw it on GR and Instagram and tumblr - so often, that I finally made the decision to buy it. I should give myself a high five for that. It only took one single page (the dedication) for me, an undying Potterhead, to fall in love with this beautiful collection of poems. So raw, so hurting, so emotional and empowering, that's "when i hadno friendsi reached insidemy belovedbooks& sculpted someout of12 pttimes new roman-& it was almost good enough"I've been eyeing this book for quite a while now. I saw it on GR and Instagram and tumblr - so often, that I finally made the decision to buy it. I should give myself a high five for that. It only took one single page (the dedication) for me, an undying Potterhead, to fall in love with this beautiful collection of poems. So raw, so hurting, so emotional and empowering, that's what words are made for. This book teaches self-love and -respect, it teaches how to be strong and unapologetic, and that your life is to be written by your own quill, not by anybody else's.By the way, here is the dedication:for the boy who lived.thank you for inspiring me to bethe girl who survived.you may havea lightning boltto show for itbut my body is alightning storm.Find more of my books on Instagram

  5. 5 out of 5

    ( ͡❛ _⦣ ͡❛)

    I'm sorry (I'm actually not sorry) BUT THIS ISN'T POETRY.WTF is this?ah, life—the thing that happensto us while we're offsomewhere elseblowing ondandelions& wishingourselves intothe pages ofour favoritefairy tales.THIS IS A FUCKING RIP OFF OF A JOHN LENNON QUOTE. I shit you the fuck not.“Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans.”These are tumblr quotes. This book should never have been published, OR, if it was going to be published, should have been a photo album like Ki I'm sorry (I'm actually not sorry) BUT THIS ISN'T POETRY.WTF is this?ah, life—the thing that happensto us while we're offsomewhere elseblowing ondandelions& wishingourselves intothe pages ofour favoritefairy tales.THIS IS A FUCKING RIP OFF OF A JOHN LENNON QUOTE. I shit you the fuck not.“Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans.”These are tumblr quotes. This book should never have been published, OR, if it was going to be published, should have been a photo album like Kim Kardashian's #SELFIE with the actual tumblr and Instagram photos with girls braiding their hair in sunsets with cursive text and sentimental bullshit overlaid on it.This is what this book is. Does anyone SERIOUSLY disagree?!ETA: If we're going to compare minimalist poetry, Lovelace has NOTHING on Rupi Kaur. Kaur's poems are not rip offs of other people's quotes, and her words are loaded and powerful.Lovelace's words ... wow, is her surname a pseudonym? Because her words are as sparkly and frilly as her surname. Compare this:go on,collect words& polish them upuntil they shinelike starlight in your palmwith Kaur's. One is loaded and powerful, the other is frilly sparkly tumblr shit. Guess which is which?ETA 2: (because I'm still seething this is poetry) remember MSN statuses??! THAT'S WHAT THESE THINGS ARE. They are emo one-liners that I used to write when I was 14 to fit on a fucking MSN status box to get my crush's attention.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    Sorry, but these poems were just not my cup of tea at all. I appreciate that the author has been through A LOT and I am proud of her for being brave enough to share her words. But unfortunately I couldn’t connect to her writing, I didn’t feel any kind of emotions from reading. I’m sure there are loads of young teens who will relate to these poems, but for me; I’m past the age where writing like this would affect me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    The Princess Saves Herself in This One was a fairly emotional read for me. This poetry collection is divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. And there were a lot of parts that really hit home (especially the princess), so much so that I had to put the collection down for a minute and think.The Princess Saves Herself in This One explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. And I loved and felt everything deeply.Here are The Princess Saves Herself in This One was a fairly emotional read for me. This poetry collection is divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. And there were a lot of parts that really hit home (especially the princess), so much so that I had to put the collection down for a minute and think.The Princess Saves Herself in This One explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. And I loved and felt everything deeply.Here are a few poems that made me both contemplate and feel: Overall, this collection harrowed and punctured my heart deeply.*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Princess Saves Herself in This One, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* This review and more can be found on my blog.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    This was such an empowering collection of poems. It was brutal, honest and deeply personal.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    “the paindid notmake mea better person.it did notteach me not totake anythingfor granted.it did notteach me anythingexcept howto be afraidto love anyone.”WOW. TW: Abuse, self harm, eating disorders, suicideI was expecting I would never read this, and if I did, I really wouldn’t like it. In my head, it fell under the same category as Milk and Honey, which I really, really did not enjoy because to me it lacked a lot of depth, creative writing, and—well, poeticness. I started this hesitantly, but I “the paindid notmake mea better person.it did notteach me not totake anythingfor granted.it did notteach me anythingexcept howto be afraidto love anyone.”WOW. TW: Abuse, self harm, eating disorders, suicideI was expecting I would never read this, and if I did, I really wouldn’t like it. In my head, it fell under the same category as Milk and Honey, which I really, really did not enjoy because to me it lacked a lot of depth, creative writing, and—well, poeticness. I started this hesitantly, but I can confidently say that although I gave this book an average rating, it still far surpassed my expectations and I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy so that I can mark my favorite poems. The good poems in this are REALLY good. I was driven to tears within the first few pages. I just wish there were more poems that blew me off my feet. I would say that for every poem I loved, there were 5 that I flipped right through without blinking. Many of these poems read like normal sentences, which is my biggest gripe about modern poetry books like Milk & Honey. I crave poetry that has metaphor and depth and wordiness, so reading a 6 word poem that could literally just be a sentence is disappointing to me. At worst, some poems relied on typing words like t h i s to create e m p h a s i s and I didn’t read it with the intent I think it was written with. Some of her poems that included that style felt a bit cheesy and overdone, but it’s just my preference to have the words more straightforward. In short, I wasn’t a massive fan of her poetry formatting, but I respect her actual writing style. The format of her poems was mostly this:A stanza or twotalking about somethingor someonethere’s a little bit of t h i sand maybe a metaphor-and then it ends with this little salutation thingy that adds a little summary or extra tidbit of infoI’m not a fan. I liked the stanzas to stand by themselves. It’s a stylistic preference, but I felt like the extra last lines added nothing or, worse, took away from the depth or mystery of some of the shorter poems. I eventually figured out that I enjoy the poems way more without reading them, so I started skipping them altogether. the last section “you” is gorgeous in its intent. it’s giving advice about feminism and self love and confidence, but this section lacked the most punch for me. There was little imagery, metaphor, and playing with words. Out of all the section, this read most just like regular sentences with skips in the lines. Especially for advice that I hear a lot (“say no!" "don’t let a man save you!” “be strong!”), I prefer it to be packaged in an original way that transforms it into something new for me, but I wasn’t particularly impressed by most of them. Despite all this, I still really really really loved a lot of the poems. A definite step up from Milk & Honey if you didn’t like that one but were considering trying this one!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    A Rupi Kaur-esque "poetry" collection with a good theme but a bad execution.Or should I say... a rupi kaur-esquepoetrycollectionwithag o o d themebut ab a d execution - an ode to tumblr emo girls and the enter keyThis is a collection of reflections on the author's experience with emotional abuse and heartbreak. Some poems were very lyrical and made me think, while some were... uh... i spentmy dreamspickingmy teethout ofthecarpet - what does dream dictionary say? It reminded me very much of Mil A Rupi Kaur-esque "poetry" collection with a good theme but a bad execution.Or should I say... a rupi kaur-esquepoetrycollectionwithag o o d themebut ab a d execution - an ode to tumblr emo girls and the enter keyThis is a collection of reflections on the author's experience with emotional abuse and heartbreak. Some poems were very lyrical and made me think, while some were... uh... i spentmy dreamspickingmy teethout ofthecarpet - what does dream dictionary say? It reminded me very much of Milk and Honey. Some poems were nice, some could have easily been real sentences had she pressed backspace between every other word. Lovelace is overfond of the enter key. This would have been better as a novel written in prose, or even free verse. I'm just grateful I could finish this in no time at all. I didn't suffer for long. This is great for my reading challenge, which I am currently very behind on. 2.5 stars, would probably read the second book just for content

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    I want to review this honestly and go into the details about why I do not like this book of poetry. Every time I do though, I get attacked by random people who seem to have a fascination in seeing me die in random, and unimaginative, ways. Therefore, under duress: This book of poetry changed me. It is utterly 'brilliant' and 'should' be read by everyone. The way the author puts this piece of 'amazing' literature together is done 'incredibly' well. I 'love' how the poems flow and are in no way st I want to review this honestly and go into the details about why I do not like this book of poetry. Every time I do though, I get attacked by random people who seem to have a fascination in seeing me die in random, and unimaginative, ways. Therefore, under duress: This book of poetry changed me. It is utterly 'brilliant' and 'should' be read by everyone. The way the author puts this piece of 'amazing' literature together is done 'incredibly' well. I 'love' how the poems flow and are in no way staggered and stop/start. A really 'A1' piece of literature which will, I am sure, be 'loved' by all. Addition 6/12/2016: So this won the Goodreads award for poetry. Really? This is just a mess and shows how the vote is now a popularity contest, not about how good books actually are. If this is used as the standard of poetry nowadays, you can class this whole review as an epic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elle (ellexamines)

    that is what abuse is:knowing you are going to get saltbut still hoping for sugarfor nineteen years. And so began my journey of love with this collection.You'll notice I didn't use the beginning quote. Well, I didn't love this from the very beginning. Towards the beginning, I found the formatting slightly annoying. Some poems were fantastic and new and interesting, but some almost made me snort from their cheesiness. At times I feel Amanda Lovelace got so caught up in sounding profound she fo that is what abuse is:knowing you are going to get saltbut still hoping for sugarfor nineteen years. And so began my journey of love with this collection.You'll notice I didn't use the beginning quote. Well, I didn't love this from the very beginning. Towards the beginning, I found the formatting slightly annoying. Some poems were fantastic and new and interesting, but some almost made me snort from their cheesiness. At times I feel Amanda Lovelace got so caught up in sounding profound she forgot the true emotional core of her poems. For example, saying “we were crafted from ocean waves and starlight” looks pretty, but means nothing when you think about it.Towards the second third, though, she hit her stride. I liked her poetry far more when it felt like a coherent stretch, a long length of feeling flowing from left to right across page after page. Her three-word poems did nothing for me. But God, some of the longer poems almost made me cry. The sheer emotional weight of section II's poems is amazing. sticks and stones never brokemy bones,but wordsmade mestarve myselfuntil you couldsee all of them I also appreciated the intersectionality of the feminist themes presented here. Lovelace's poem on 183 especially made me cry, with both joy and sadness and something in between. VERDICT: Yes, it's not the best poetry of all time. But the emotional weight is beyond amazing. And one more quote!! the love some girls have for other girls is so gentle & so soft& so fucking beautiful,& these girlsdeserveto havebetter storiesthan the oneswhere theyare murderedbecause they lovewith too muchof theirhearts.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Still loved it the second time around.I have no words. This was unbelievable. I'll write a proper review once my heart settles down. Still loved it the second time around.I have no words. This was unbelievable. I'll write a proper review once my heart settles down.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Georgia Meadows

    Let me start by saying if there was a 0 star review this collection would have gotten it. Honestly feel like I've been robbed, and rarely do I have that feeling. Moral of the story, don't buy a book based on the title and Goodreads review alone, research into its content first. Here's a list of reasons why I am doing you a favour if you don't buy this book: 1. If you thought you were getting a modern Sexton or Carter, based on the idea of modernised, feminist fairytale retellings you are sorely Let me start by saying if there was a 0 star review this collection would have gotten it. Honestly feel like I've been robbed, and rarely do I have that feeling. Moral of the story, don't buy a book based on the title and Goodreads review alone, research into its content first. Here's a list of reasons why I am doing you a favour if you don't buy this book: 1. If you thought you were getting a modern Sexton or Carter, based on the idea of modernised, feminist fairytale retellings you are sorely mistaken. Instead what you get is pages after pages of quite literally moaning, and the occasional one poorly written poetic line. 2. I'm sick of young poets thinking the ability to put you emotions down on paper makes you a good writer, unless it's done poetically (which in this collection it rarely is) you are not writing poetry, you are writing a diary. 3. Following on from the idea of writing a diary I want to stress to you, THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE GETTING, sorry for caps I'm still angry at the 30 minutes of my life I spent reading this 'poetry' in hope I might get a few gems out of it, I didn't. Writing about your life and it's depressing, teenage angst is fine when it's done creatively. This could have been knocked up by any GCSE student. Now despite this very harsh review I do have one positive. The opening poem. Untitled, but linking into Harry Potter and the idea of survivors Lovelace's first poem was moving and enraptured every young, lonely teenage bookworms inner thoughts and feelings. It made me remember how much I had relied of the Wizarding World to get through bad breakups and hateful friends. But that was it. If I wanted to read a teenage girls diary I could dig out my embarrassing collections from the attic boxes and become depressed over by own pre-adolescent problems, I don't need/want to do it with other people's!Sorry for spelling mistakes - angry typing and the editing hasn't worked!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mikee (ReadWithMikee)

    I told myself that I would read this poetry book very slowly, even if it meant reading only one poem a day, a week, or however long in order for me to take the time to fully appreciate the words. Obviously that didn't happen when I finished it no more than 20 minutes later from starting it. XD It wasn't a very long poetry book to begin with but I didn't expect to devour The Princess Saves Herself in this One in less than 30 mins! :PI was just instantly hooked and couldn't put it down. Some of th I told myself that I would read this poetry book very slowly, even if it meant reading only one poem a day, a week, or however long in order for me to take the time to fully appreciate the words. Obviously that didn't happen when I finished it no more than 20 minutes later from starting it. XD It wasn't a very long poetry book to begin with but I didn't expect to devour The Princess Saves Herself in this One in less than 30 mins! :PI was just instantly hooked and couldn't put it down. Some of them I couldn't personally relate to but they touched me anyways. Others hit so close to home that it actually made me tear up while reading. I definitely wasn't expecting that but it was good feeling being able to put your emotions into words.There were some poems that did feel a bit cliche and some that I've heard before in different variations because of how common those sayings already were. The Princess Saves Herself in this One is a great collection of short poems but they weren't exactly the best I've came across. Still, I enjoyed some of the poems a lot and related to a few of them.I know that some people complained about the style and the amount of spaces being used but I actually thought it was cute and creative. I know it's not the first poetry book to do so but it's the first that I've seen personally and I thought it was a nice little touch. :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    #1: The Princess Saves Herself in this One ★★★★☆ #2: The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One ★★★☆☆ #3: The Mermaid's Voice Returns in this One ★★★★☆ once upona time,the princessrose from the ashesher dragon loversmade of her&crownedherselfthemotherfuckingqueen ofherself. Amanda Lovelace is another poet whose work I've admired from afar for a while thanks to the internet, but I've never actually read her work in collected form until now. Though this collection wasn't published until 2016, I felt like i #1: The Princess Saves Herself in this One ★★★★☆ #2: The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One ★★★☆☆ #3: The Mermaid's Voice Returns in this One ★★★★☆ once upona time,the princessrose from the ashesher dragon loversmade of her&crownedherselfthemotherfuckingqueen ofherself. Amanda Lovelace is another poet whose work I've admired from afar for a while thanks to the internet, but I've never actually read her work in collected form until now. Though this collection wasn't published until 2016, I felt like it was an incredible throwback to the mid- and late 2000s, for what it's worth. Does anyone else read Amanda's writing and hear MCR in the background? Just me? Anyways. if he wasmy cup of tea,then you aremy cup ofcoffee.tea simplyisn'tenoughfor mesometimes,butcoffeecan get methroughanything. I expected the side of Princess that covered grief, heartbreak, abuse, and healing, but I didn't expect the incredibly sweet love poetry that filled a substantial section of the book. I took it as a surprisingly profound view into the fact that, in her lows, Amanda's writing is absolutely heartbreaking, but in her highs, her love soars. I related to this thought much more strongly than I'd like to discuss here today, but let me just say that I saw a lot of myself in many of the words in these poems, and I will certainly be looking forward to her next collection.Content warnings: all of them. Seriously, this book comes with a page-long trigger warning sheet in the front, that ends with the same advice I would give you, too: "practice self-care before, during, & after reading".

  17. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    i did really like this one! i found it on a list of suggestions after finishing a Rupi Kaur poetry collection and thought: "yes yes i have always wanted to try her books too". so apparently i read poetry now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ i'm not sad!! it makes me want to write beautiful turns of phrase in my own work.i do really love the style of this, the freeverse, and how she says "poetry is whatever you want it to be". totally felt that in her lines! and there is so much grief in the first pages, it was pure so i did really like this one! i found it on a list of suggestions after finishing a Rupi Kaur poetry collection and thought: "yes yes i have always wanted to try her books too". so apparently i read poetry now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ i'm not sad!! it makes me want to write beautiful turns of phrase in my own work.i do really love the style of this, the freeverse, and how she says "poetry is whatever you want it to be". totally felt that in her lines! and there is so much grief in the first pages, it was pure sorrow, but i loved that she rebuilt herself. also messages of being proud in yourself? of smashing mirrors. of love of anyone who identifies as a woman. of being folded into pages of books and bleeding with the ink as they save you from mental illness? i love it.(it was also interesting reading the reviews of this. they went from "5stars i couldn't love this more and connected with it" straight to "1star this isn't poetry". i get not connecting with it!! but i don't understand how we have the right to police what is/isn't poetry.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    This is a deeply personal set of poetry that all tells a story. It was moving to read someone's story with a heart so open. I found these 2 poems meaningful to me:1 You were sent down from the stars exactly the way you were supposed to be- the way you would love, the way you would lust, & the way you would find your wings-- & no one should have been given the power to take that away from you.2 The only thing required to be a woman is to identify as one.She has four section and each poem tells a This is a deeply personal set of poetry that all tells a story. It was moving to read someone's story with a heart so open. I found these 2 poems meaningful to me:1 You were sent down from the stars exactly the way you were supposed to be- the way you would love, the way you would lust, & the way you would find your wings-- & no one should have been given the power to take that away from you.2 The only thing required to be a woman is to identify as one.She has four section and each poem tells a piece of a story for that theme. Amanda has been so brutally honest in her poetry. He has laid herself bare. I can only be in awe of that and see it for the gift it is.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Dawn

    This was kind of the same book as milk and honey

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book wasn't for me. I just didn't find the poems that profound or that good. However they were extremely honest and personal and that's what I did like about them. While I was reading this, I just kept thinking "what makes this poetry?". I don't mean to sound horrible but I just don't see how a lot of these poems are actually considered to be poems. I also felt like I had read so many of them before. It felt sort of like deja vu, not only with an individual theme but also with how they were This book wasn't for me. I just didn't find the poems that profound or that good. However they were extremely honest and personal and that's what I did like about them. While I was reading this, I just kept thinking "what makes this poetry?". I don't mean to sound horrible but I just don't see how a lot of these poems are actually considered to be poems. I also felt like I had read so many of them before. It felt sort of like deja vu, not only with an individual theme but also with how they were phrased and how they were worded. There was also a lot of regurgitated themes from other feminist works so this isn't really any way innovative. I also felt like Lovelace was trying to do something visually with these poems but she missed the mark for me. Sure, she hit enter after random words to make it look a certain way (which is a crime in itself) but she also put spaces inbetween the letters of some words (e x a m p l e) and formatted the poems in weird ways. This kind of visual effect for the poetry just did not work. I feel like if she had incorporated some kind of illustrations in some of the poems it would have looked better because to me, it looked like just words randomly placed on some paper. There was only one poem were I liked the formatting and the visual effect in relation to she poem and that was "-did it really happen if I can't remember it?" in which the poem is about locking memories away and it's made to look like a keyhole. The others like this were all misses for me. I could relate to some of the poems and that is why I gave this book 2 stars instead of one. I probably wouldn't read another book by Amanda Lovelace and I wouldn't recommend this book. * I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"This is what abuse is: Knowing you are going to get salt but still hoping for sugar""If a house does not automatically make a home,then a body doesn't automatically make a homeeither.""the world begins & ends when you say so."The poems I liked overall:-did it really happen if I can't remember it? -but you kept trying, didn't you? -my most loyal lover. -what it really means to lose your innocence.-immortalized by a voicemail. (Probably the best poem of the bunch). -the sign you've been waiting for. -slay those dragons.

  21. 4 out of 5

    April

    "The princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. - she never needed those wingsWhat a beautiful book holding beautiful and powerful words. Some I could relate to and hit close to home. Truly beautiful. "The princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. - she never needed those wingsWhat a beautiful book holding beautiful and powerful words. Some I could relate to and hit close to home. Truly beautiful.

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