Title: the princess saves herself in this one
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Poetry collection
Rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: 14th February; published by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.
Synopsis – what’s it about?
The book is divided into four different parts: the princess; the damsel; the queen; & you. The poems included in the first three sections are an exploration of the author’s experience with several themes throughout her life so far, they range from bad break-ups to mother related issues. The final section is dedicated to the reader, a sort of quiet and assuring whisper to the ear by Amanda Lovelace herself.
The Princess Saves Herself in this One is being re-released, this time by Andrews McMeel Publishing, after the original version — which was self-published by the author — won Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry (2016).
Opinion – what did I think of it?
I really really liked this poetry collection as it is so different to what I’ve read in the past. Lovelace takes risks with the way she writes her poems, not only in the matters — they feel very raw and honest — but also with their graphic display. Instead of doing what’s conventional — breaking verses when the sentence comes to a halt or at a stressed syllable, — she makes art with the aestethic look of the stanzas. I loved how modern this stylization was and now I’ve found out about other modern-day poets who are doing similar things.
The way the themes are approached is brilliant. Lovelace has taken so many deep, and often times depressing, issues and given them light without romanticizing them. She gives women who are, or were, in situations she has experienced in the past empowerment to endure their hardships. Even though I couldn’t relate to quite a few poems’ set-ups, the energy and positive vibes Lovelace was sending had a big positive toll on me. I am so happy to have gotten to know about such a kind individual and see such positivity be translated onto paper.
The way the book is structured is also genius. By separating and organizing the poems into different sections the reader can get a clearer picture of just who the poet is and what she has gone through. There is a clear growth in maturity throughout the collection and it made me feel like I was too growing with Amanda. The last section, & you, is the perfect ending to the collection. While the author bids farewell to the readers, she encourages them to write and to stand up for what they believe in, empowering minorities as well as allies to these causes.
Final verdict — do I recommend it?
YES! I encourage you to read this collection even if you don’t like poetry or have never read much of it, chances are you will like it and be intrigued to find out more about the genre beyond just the cannon. It’s a beautiful collection and because it touches on so many different themes, it’s almost guaranteed at least one poem will resonate with you.
P.S.: Here are some of my favorite poems…