Book Review

The Princess Saves Herself in this One—Amanda Lovelace

princess saves herselfBack cover text: The story of a princess turned damsel turned queen

tl;dr

A collection of poems that hurt about a woman moving from princess to damsel to queen to you

getting down to business…

I don’t like poetry. I ascribe to Russell Baker’s theory of poetry: “I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world.” Now, I don’t actually know what Russell Baker considered new poetry and whether or not Amanda Lovelace’s collection would count as coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world, but I hate poetry. It probably stems from taking IB English classes in high school where we tore poems apart until they were bits and pieces strewn about a room.

I love The Princess Saves Herself in this One. I have eight poems marked in it, and I had to put it down once because it made me cry and a few more times because it was a little too real. Most of my books end up moving from Boston to a temporary/permanent home in Minnesota when I finish them, but this one is going to stay with me.

I can’t critique poetry based on poetic aesthetics, but I can tell you that this was both the most upsetting and uplifting collection of poems I’ve ever read.

&
the dragon
came flying back
to the girl
(as dragons often do)

expecting to find
the damaged damsel
he left behind
so long
ago.

he was
horrified
to find the
mighty queen
standing before him.

after all,
only queens
have the power
to vanquish dragons
like him.

he dared to
seat himself
upon the throne
she built with her own two hands

&
tell her she
would never
be strong enough
to rule on her own.

the queen
looked right
into the dragon’s face
as she laughed
at his silly words

then
unleased
upon him
the fire dancing
in her palms.

—”sugar, spice, & fire” (155-56)

The Princess Saves Herself in this One HUD

  • The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Women are some kind of magic #1)
  • Author: Amanda Lovelace
  • Pub Date: February 14, 2016
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-4494-8641-9
  • First Reading
  • Date Started: December 13, 2017
  • Date Finished: December 13, 2017
  • Rating: 5/5
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