Poetry Collection: the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

Title: the princess saves herself in this one
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Published: 2016
Genre: Poetry

Synopsis: 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.

Rating: red-starred-starred-star

A poetry collection in the style of milk and honey, Lovelace gives us an intimate look at her childhood, her grief over her mother’s death, bad relationships and finding yourself. Broken into 4 parts with the final part being the strongest of the entire collection.

This is not poetry in the style of Pablo Neruda, there is no complexity of language, much the way milk and honey was written. There’s just sentences, stream of consciousness feeling that are ‘rhymed’ by separating the words of a sentence.

I did find that there was a lack of evocative imagery in this collection. I understood that she was feeling destroyed but I didn’t see anything other than words upon words and that failed to connect with me. I like my poetry with a great balance of substance and imagery and somehow it touched on neither. As a whole I felt the entire collection was simply OK with the exception of 4-5 poems which I enjoyed I was underwhelmed and felt a little more solid imagery would have gone a long way to elevate the work.

I do see, however, how many teens will love this. The language is easy to understand and the emotions are slightly juvenile so perhaps that is the market and in that case it would be very enjoyable.


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