Books, Poetry, Review

Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace ****

“a
world
where all

human beings
are taken care of

shouldn’t be called

a “revolutionary”
way of life

& yet
it is.

burn

review the princess saves herself in this one amanda lovelace

“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.

To say that this poetry collection takes you on a journey is a serious understatement. I loved this book, got swept away, cried (several times) and laughed (several times). Of course, some poems spoke to me more than others but overall I was touched. I recognized a lot of feelings I’ve felt myself growing up.

Some of my favorite poems had references to Harry Potter. Like this one:

“The little girl
isn’t listening to you-

she’s way too busy
staring out the window,

fantasizing about
a world of

magical accidents,
flying envelopes,

screeching owls,
adoring giants,

brooms that
do more than sweep,

friends who are
always loyal,

& a train
that will take her

to an enchanted place
far far far

away from
here.”

Put under a lifelong spell.

This poetry collection talks about a wide variety of things such as abuse, grief, loss but also self-discovery, love and acceptance.

If you’re new to poetry, this might be a good place to start. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to follow.

If you’re a seasoned poetry-reader, you might enjoy the style, the messages, the story linking all the poems together.

In short, I believe this is a collection for everyone. I will pick it up again soon, to see if I’ve missed anything. I read it over the course of an evening so it doesn’t take up a lot of time. I want to dive back in and mark all my favorite poems so that I can just pick them up whenever I feel like it.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s interested in poetry!