Is it possible for poetry to be fiction?

There's a note from the author in break your glass slippers that got me thinking about the idea of poetry as either fiction or nonfiction. For most of my life, poetry existed in this world beyond fiction and nonfiction. By dictionary definition, poetry cannot be fiction or nonfiction, as both are defined as works of... Continue Reading →

break your glass slippers by amanda lovelace

Ok, so it's no secret that amanda lovelace is one of favorite poets. I may have mentioned it a few times when I was reviewing any of her previous collections. I have one to catch up on, which is likely my next read for National Poetry Month. I am getting some other books in too,... Continue Reading →

Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better: Poems by Madisen Kuhn

That title. I am a sucker for a title like that. My favorite poems tend to be those that are a little raw by nature. They tend to break my heart a little. I've rarely been one for a happy poem. That title drew me right in to a collection I knew I'd enjoy. As... Continue Reading →

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

The format and style of this memoir is a lot like Jacqueline Woodson"s brown girl dreaming. The particular setting and type of story is a little different but it's also a Civil Rights era memoir written by a WOC entirely in poetry. Given all those descriptors, one would think that they would be similar, but... Continue Reading →

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by amanda lovelace

The last of the women are some kind of magic series and the perfect way to finish things off. Amazing things happen when women use our voices.

to make monsters out of girls by amanda lovelace

I love the collections by amanda lovelace. She's a brilliant poet.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

This is the second memoir I’ve come across written entirely in verse and I have to admit that I do love the format. The first was brown girl dreaming. There are some things that are just better said this way. Of course, there are some things that are harder to read in verse but definitely... Continue Reading →

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

Stars: 4 of 5 Honestly, I wasn't in love with the beginning of this collection. It had initially felt like a repeat of the first book. Though Milk and Honey had been amazing to read, I had already read that book and did not want to consider that such a brilliant book would be the first of... Continue Reading →

God by Debora Greger

Stars: 4 of 5 I am intrigued by the idea of God in retirement in Florida. I grew up in South Florida, where so many people retire which made the concept hit a little close to home. Still, I could use a book group or poetry class to unpack everything going on in some of... Continue Reading →

the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace

Review:  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... Continue Reading →

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