SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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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.
I’ve never gone out and read contemporary poetry before, but after reading these beautiful poems I think I’m going to start, so if any of you have any good recommendations let me know! The poems that comprise this collection are so authentic and so powerful. You can tell that Lovelace put her heart and soul into each line. I loved how each poem had a unifying format to tie everything together, but that form and shape got played with in each poem to give every poem a unique look and feeling. Some of the poems formed shapes, some of the poems had moving lines, etc. The way the collection is broken up works really well and I loved that subjects from the previous sections would find their way in other sections. It really helped to show how even though Lovelace was beginning to heal and become a queen, the events of her past still have a profound impact on her and she still struggles with the scars that they left. My absolute favorite section is the queen! So many of the poems in that section brought tears to my eyes because I was so happy that Lovelace was finally happy. While the poems in the princess and the damsel have so much power and hurt and anger that fuel them and are amazing, a lot of the poems in the queen are so tender and so loving that you can really feel the emotional healing taking place. I honestly think that there is a poem for everyone in this collection. Even if you don’t have similar life experiences as Lovelace, there are still subjects and emotions that she covers that are universal. You will run the entire spectrum of emotion from beginning to end. Although the you section isn’t as cohesively put together as the previous three sections, the poems are still amazing and honest. Even if you don’t connect well with the previous poems, you will be able to find something that speaks to you in this section because it ceases to be about Lovelace’s life and moves more to the state of the world and how broken society can be. Lovelace does an amazing job throughout this collection of being open and honest with her readers. I never once felt that a poem was written just to write a poem and could feel the power and emotion behind every word. Of course like any book of poetry there is at least one poem that I don’t think I got on the first read, but so many are easy to understand and connect to. I eagerly await the poems that come next and can’t wait to explore more poetry as I expand my reading horizons.