the princess saves herself in this one
by Amanda Lovelace.
Six Word Summary: Quick, emotional read with empowering thoughts.
“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.
My Thoughts: I devoured this book. I do most of my poetry reading in the bath (don’t ask me why it’s just nice) and I read the book cover to cover all the while enjoying a bath bomb. the princess saves herself in this one is an emotional read as it touches on a number of difficult issues. The book begins with a lovely trigger warning page that outlines the issues that the book explores and advises people that some parts may be difficult.
For me the book itself read more like a novel, rather than a collection of poetry. The typical structure of Lovelace’s poems involved uncapitalised lines intersected with line breaks, that typically ended with italicised final thoughts. I found myself flowing easily from one poem to another, absorbing the life story or narrative of the poets life.
The poems, while some were quite emotional, were easy to read and understand, I cannot get over how well the poems flowed to create something larger. The collection was broken up into four parts, the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. I feel like this was done beautifully, the coming of age of the poet as she identified herself and the world around her into these headings.
The second last and final section, the queen and you, were my favourites as they really hit home with a sense of empowerment. The first two sections, the princess and the damsel, were the poet working through issues and troubling emotions, however these last two sections (you in particular) felt like the poet giving back to the audience.
Best Bits: Similar to Love Her Wild, the poems themselves do not have titles so I will simply state the first line and the page title.
- ‘he was made of fire’ – pg 54.
- ‘i have to’ – pg 58.
- ‘once upon’ – pg 105.
- ‘this: you & me’ – pg 128.
- ‘in winter’ – pg. 136.
- ‘i am’ – pg 152.
- ‘write the story’ – pg 162.
- ‘your hips’ – pg 173.
- ‘1. you will’ – pg 177.
- ‘be a mermaid’ – pg 180.
Recommendations: I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I really enjoyed this book. This is a great starter book for poetry readers and an enjoyable read for poetry pros.