Finally some new books (or newish books) instead of the old books I have been reading. I will finish those in due time, but I think new books are the pick me up I need.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace
Synopsis From The Book
The witch; supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now — indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden woken to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
When I was at the bookstore this past weekend, I saw that her newest book came out (the mermaid’s voice returns in this one) but the store did not have a copy in hard back. I will return. Either way, I’ve been meaning to get this since I read to make monsters out of girls. I just haven’t. So, I am excited for today!
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Of course I like it. Do I love it beyond reason? I’m unsure. I think I like this one far more as a book about empowerment than her previous volumes. I felt proud and powered by the words, not something I entirely was sure I expected. Was it the best thing ever? No. I’ll admit that.
There is a level to this poetry that is as easy as breathing. The lines flow over the pages like water pulling you in and revealing to you truths that you don’t see above the surface of the ocean. I know that there are many people who don’t like Amanda Lovelace, but I am not one of those people. Her poetry reminded me of what it was like to like poetry. Her poetry reminded me that poetry comes in many forms. I had been drilled the lessons by my high school teachers but her words led me back to the path of loving the words once more. Thus, I have a soft spot for her works.
What I Liked:
Use of language and imagery
Use of collaborating Poets and references to other media/people.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Time Taken To Read
Come at me with the attitude of that it doesn’t deserve it. I said what I said, and there is a level of my bias in play here.
write your fears pg 5
they wanted us weak but forced us to be strong pg 39
call us alexandria pg 81
the sign you’ve been waiting for II pg 156
the sign you’ve been waiting for III pg 157
resistance is fine art pg 159