“I would thank you, but we both know you don’t deserve it.”
The next book of poetry I picked up was the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace. This one came out in 2016, but she’s also got a new 2018 release the witch doesn’t burn in this one.
I don’t know what I was expecting from this other than a story of development and recovery. It’s described as the story of a princess turned damsel turned queen and is divided into four parts: princess, damsel, queen, and you.
In a lot of ways, this book is perfect for teenagers. It’s a great outlet for grief and a wonderful expression of overcoming trauma. There is some swearing though, so it depends how if you find it suitable for younger children.
One of the big critiques of this book has been the same as a lot of other modern poetry works—a lot of people have trouble calling something poetry if there’s a lot of line breaks. Although I understand that frustration sometimes, here it’s used to great impact in the damsel section which hits with precision.
Lovelace really delves into the emotional scarring associated with abuse and trauma, and although we may not come out completely unscathed, it’s a beautiful journey and inspires everyone’s individual recovery in any way it might appear. Her poetry inspires self-sufficiency and an immediate connection .
To pick up this book for yourself, head over to Chapters.