to drink coffee with a ghost review

First Poetry review in weeks. Look at how this is going! This review is really short. I suppose that has a lot to do with the fact that I don’t have much to say on this collection. It was good, but I didn’t connect that well to these poems. Regardless, lets go.

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.

to drink coffee with a ghost by Amanda Lovelace

Synopsis From The Book

“You cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself.”  This book poses the ever-lingering question: What happens when someone dies before they’re able to redeem themselves?

From the bestselling & award-winning poetess, amanda lovelace, comes the finale of her illustrated duology, “things that h(a)unt.” In the first installment, to make monsters out of girls,  lovelace explored the memory of being in a toxic romantic relationship. In to drink coffee with a ghost, lovelace unravels the memory of the complicated relationship she had with her now-deceased mother.

Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

I was behind on two collections of poetry, this one and the third book in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series. I knew I was behind on reading her poetry, but I figured after a bad day I needed some poetry. Anyway, this book will take me like a half hour to read all the poetry, easy.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

I feel like a part of me is at a loss of what to say about this book of poetry, in part because my relationship with my mother is great. I can’t exactly empathize with her, despite wanting to. The poems were great regardless, so I did like the collection as best as I could.

What I Liked:

The art was amazing.

The poems were hard hitting, please do check the trigger warnings just to be safe for yourself.

This collection was interesting and not what I expected at all, content wise. I don’t think I’ve read a ton of poetry collections focusing on their mothers, but this one did.

As always I do like the ease of her writing style. Her poetry style is as easy as spoken word, and I do love that.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:


Time Taken To Read


Rating: 4/5

Notable Poems:

the cracked compass

my lovers in reverse


never will I forget again


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