While the princess saves herself in this one was good, it was nothing like this. This one hit me like a ton of bricks. I reread it three times that day and keep it close. As before, much of the imagery comes from the fairy tales it got it’s name from, but there’s just so much more this time. It’s not just that it’s angrier. It speaks to that place that burns with every not-so-sly comment and every crappy little exclusion. It speaks to every frustration that born out of being a woman today. My favorite poem is about how to prevent rape and is just a massive, angry scribble.
What makes the book really special is all the details. First of all, it’s written in red ink which gives it the double edge of being the fire and really reminding of the fact that so many rules are written in blood. I remember hearing that phrase first applied to rules about the military and it so applies to the rules that women typically live by as well. The coven rules and the lessons were also perfect for the formatting of the collection as whole. I appreciated the way she used both the fairy tales and the actual witch burnings to take a long, hard look at the way that outspoken women have always been treated. I can’t really explain it, but the collection just makes me feel like I’m ready to take on the world. I want to memorize it the way that old men in movies seem to all have Shakespeare memorized.
This time I bought the paperback book and keep it close. It is also available from other sources, click here for some options from Goodreads and add it for later.