Books, Poetry, Review

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

where all

human beings
are taken care of

shouldn’t be called

a “revolutionary”
way of life

& yet
it is.


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

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!


Poetry Friday: Sonnet 141- William Shakespeare/Katarina Stratford

Sonnet 141 William Shakespeare / Katarina Stratford 10 things I hate about you

It’s been a while since I last watched 10 things I hate about you. I honestly can’t remember when I watched it last. It’s one of those movies when I see it’s on tv, I always watch it. Any opportunity to watch Heath Ledger… Recently, a lot of actors I love have passed away. The latest of which was John Hurt. Heath Ledger’s death was the first celebrity death that really touched me. I can still see myself sitting on my bed in the room I was renting while I was studying at university. I cried. I cried a lot. To this day, I can’t believe that he’s not actually alive anymore.

Every once in a while, I think about the 10 things I hate about you poem. I pretty much know it by heart by now. It reminds me of my teenage years. It’s just so.. me..

About the poem:

In Sonnet 141, Shakespeare discusses his desires for the woman that conflict with what his senses tell him. He is aware of all of her physical flaws, does not enjoy her voice, smell, or touch, but his heart is still completely enthralled by her. His focus on sense is overwhelming in the poem, but his senses cannot prevent him from loving her. The pain he endures for loving her is soothing, and he feels like he is a slave to it.


Poetry Friday: Hope is the thing with feathers – Emily Dickinson

hope is the thing with feathers Emily Dickinson Poem Poetry

I’ve been looking at the world and what I’ve seen hasn’t been pretty. Conflicts remain unresolved, new ones arise. But I’ve also seen people who stand up for what they believe is right and that gives me hope. Hope that one day, I’ll wake up and I won’t have to feel sad whenever I listen to the news. Hope that my children will have a decent world to live in.

So thank you, to everyone who’s been raising their voice, calling out the destructive forces. Respect.

About the poem:

This simple, metaphorical description of hope as a bird singing in the soul is another example of Dickinson’s homiletic style, derived from Psalms and religious hymns. Dickinson introduces her metaphor in the first two lines (“ ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers— / That perches in the soul—”), then develops it throughout the poem by telling what the bird does (sing), how it reacts to hardship (it is unabashed in the storm), where it can be found (everywhere, from “chillest land” to “strangest Sea”), and what it asks for itself (nothing, not even a single crumb). Though written after “Success is counted sweetest,” this is still an early poem for Dickinson, and neither her language nor her themes here are as complicated and explosive as they would become in her more mature work from the mid-1860s. Still, we find a few of the verbal shocks that so characterize Dickinson’s mature style: the use of “abash,” for instance, to describe the storm’s potential effect on the bird, wrenches the reader back to the reality behind the pretty metaphor; while a singing bird cannot exactly be “abashed,” the word describes the effect of the storm—or a more general hardship—upon the speaker’s hopes. – source


Poetry Friday: All that is gold does not glitter – JRR Tolkien

All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost..jpg

It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that this poem is part of The Lord of The Rings, as in, it’s actually in the book. I had heard “Not all those who wander are lost” about a million times before and I wanted to know where it came from. I dived into the internet and ended up at my own bookshelf where I have the LOTR trilogy lying, unread, unfortunately.

It made me wonder if a lot of people know that “Not all those who wander are lost” is a line from a poem, from a book. Sometimes it looks like it has taken on a life of its own and become something different, which really intrigues me. People tattoo it on their body and I’m not saying that they HAVE to know where it comes from, I just wonder if they do. I’m curious.

Also, I do appreciate poetry in fiction. It’s not something I come across very often but the few times that I have, I really liked it. It has to be done right, of course. If it adds nothing to the story or the scene, it’s better to leave it be.

Do you know of any books that have poems in them? Let me know because I would love to check them out!

About the poem:

The poem appears twice in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of The Lord of the Rings. It appears first in Chapter Ten, “Strider”, in Gandalf’s letter to Frodo Baggins in Bree, although when Frodo reads it he does not realize that Strider (Aragorn) is the subject of the verse.

The verse is repeated by Bilbo at the Council of Elrond. He whispers to Frodo that he wrote it many years before, when Aragorn first revealed who he was.

In Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings for film, the poem appears in The Return of the King, when Arwen recites the last four lines of the poem as her father Elrond prepares to reforge the shards of Narsil for Aragorn. In the 1981 BBC radio dramatisation, the entire poem is heard in its original context, the letter left at Bree by Gandalf.

The way appearance displays reality in our world is largely inverted in Middle-earth with respect to the subject matter of the poem. The first line is a variant and rearrangement of the proverb “All that glitters is not gold”, known primarily from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, resulting in a proposition bearing a completely different meaning: Aragorn is vastly more important than he looks. The second line emphasizes the importance of the Rangers, suspiciously viewed as wanderers or vagabonds by those the Rangers actually protect from evil. Lines three and four emphasize the endurance of Aragorn’s royal lineage, while five and six emphasizes its renewal. They can also be seen to represent a spark of hope during a time of despair and danger. Line seven refers to the sword Narsil. Line eight foreshadows the crownless Aragorn’s accession to the throne of both the kingless Gondor and the vanished Arnor.



Poetry Friday: Als je geen contact meer hebt met de dingen – Peter Verhelst

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Today was National Poetry Day here in Flanders and The Netherlands and every year there’s a competition called the “Herman Deconinck prijs”. It’s a competition for the best poetry collection and best debut. Alongside it, the public can vote for their favourite poem. (There are six poems you can choose from) and the winning poem is printed as a poster and handed out for free in bookshops on National Poetry Day. Isn’t that amazing? Hundreds of people go out to get that poster every year. So do I, I always get a copy for my mother-in-law too. She hangs them in her kitchen, one on top of the other. There must be about six years worth of posters on top of each other. Like an archive of sorts.

This year, the poem that won the public vote is “Als je geen contact meer hebt met de dingen” by Peter Verhelst. I think it’s beautiful but I do realise that most of you don’t speak Dutch 🙂 So I translated it for you.

I hope you like it..

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