the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by amanda lovelace

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one

by amanda lovelace.

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Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.

The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.

Length: 210 Pages.

Series: Women are Some Kind of Magic #3

Genre: Poetry.

Read as an: eBook


My Thoughts

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one is a return to form and theme for amanda lovelace. NB. It is killing me not capitalising the titles and author name 😅 Just like her first book, the princess saves herself in this one, tackled some tough issues so too does her third book. Don’t be worried about being surprised by this content as the book itself begins with a trigger warning that outlines the issues that the book explores and advises people that some parts may be difficult.

lovelace’s poetry books are somewhat themed around fairy tales and tackle a number of associated issues – You will find poems that deal with abuse, survival, and issues of non-consent. Surrounding these issues and poems are the narrative of the little mermaid, which is used to highlight the larger surrounding womanhood and survival.

The typical structure of Lovelace’s poems involve un-capitalised lines intersected with line breaks, that typically end with italicised final thoughts. the mermaid’s voice returns in this one is a quick and engaging collection of poetry, while you may struggle with the issues being discussed, you won’t struggle with understanding the poetry. All imagery used is beautiful and poignant, but also accessible.


Best Bits

There were a few stand out poems for me, if you do have a copy of the book check out the below poems:

  • ‘he immediately lowers his umbrella’ – pg 116.
  • ‘today i love the way i look in my sundress’ – pg 131.
  • ‘a victim or a survivor?’ – pg 133.

Verdict

I will admit that the first book in the ‘Women are Some Kind of Magic’ series, is the more powerful of the series. It wasn’t that the mermaid’s voice returns in this one was weaker or any less poignant than the first, it was just that I wasn’t as enraptured with the poetry.

I would still recommend this book for any fan of lovelace or poetry. the mermaid’s voice returns in this one is a great starter book for poetry readers and an enjoyable read for poetry pros.


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