I’ve been looking forward to this book of poetry for a while. It was every bit as good as I wanted it to be. It follows about the same format of milk and honey, which explains why it shows up in so many “if you loved milk and honey, you’re next read should be” lists. Its pretty true that I loved them equally, but the princess saves herself in this one definitely stands on its own.
The chapters are: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. Lovelace uses the imagery of fairy tales in writing about loss, heartbreak, overcoming life’s tragedies, revenge, love, and feminism. There are quite a few poems that espouse feminist ideals and those are predictably my favorites. Some such subjects are fat shaming, body image, rape culture, emotional abuse, suicide, and the value of women. There’s a lot about body image, actually. The last chapter “you” is entirely inspirational and breaks the fourth wall over and over again. Lovelace specifically encourages the reader to write their own stories. She even does a poem that cites several literary giants and wonders if women ever really get to sleep.
I didn’t quite finish it in one sitting, but its not a long collection. Many of the poems are short free style poems but a few are a little longer too. I especially loved the way Lovelace uses line structure in many of her poems. She plays with spaces and alignment in giving her poems the feeling she aims for. The love poems were cute and uplifting after so much pain, but its always the painful and angry poems that get me the most in a collection.
I have the princess saves herself in this one saved on Scribd but its also available from other sources. Its probably at some libraries but anyone looking for their own copy can see options from Booklikes by clicking on the cover image above or add to Goodreads for later. I look forward to reading the witch doesn’t burn in this one some time. Maybe it’ll be on my list for next year.