The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Published by CreateSpace
Shelved as: Poetry
My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
“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.
If you can’t handle Tumblr spacing AT ALL, this is not the book for you
Poetry usually means something to the people creating it. It takes a lot of emotional effort to write a poem, and when done right, it shows. With tumblr spacing, however, the words tend to come out very… empty. Anyone can strategically break apart a sentence until it sounds poetic. For instance:
If I hit enter
at just the right time
my words are no longer plain
and I’ve made poetry.
I mean, sure. That mess up there LOOKS pretty enough, but it’s a whole lot of nothing. It’s empty. And that’s usually what happens with poems of this kind. Poems with no rhyme structure or meter to speak of – and poems that aren’t spoken word poetry. When you just add breaks to sentences, you’re not giving them instant-poetry magic. You’re just making them look prettier.
And this is what, I think, makes Lovelace’s brand of poetry special. Yes, they’re just strings of sentences and/or paragraphs that have been given spacing treatment – but they’re definitely not empty. Somehow, inexplicably, Lovelace makes her emotions shine through in her words. All the things she felt writing those poems? It shows.
I suppose by now you’ve all guessed that this kind of poetry isn’t exactly my favorite. I personally prefer my poems to have some sort of structure. Which is not to say that I don’t enjoy free verse poetry. I do. It’s just that a lot of modern poets kind of make me want to roll my eyes and never stop.
But man, Lovelace’s poetry resonated with me. It helped that I found some of it very relatable. Some of the situations she writes about… I’ve been in them, too. And her words managed to impact me and conjure up a few ghosts from my past. This collection of poems was raw, powerful and it hit me a little too close to home more than once.
Poetry is extremely subjective and this book won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re looking for a collection of poems that will make you feel incredibly strong emotions with and for their writer, then The Princess Saves Herself In This One is definitely for you.