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Bonus Book Review – to make monsters out of girls

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Sometimes you just need to have a little poetry reset once you’ve read a lot of prose. Especially when there was a lot that was kind of heavy hitting.

That’s not to say that poetry isn’t heavy hitting. The two that I read for a little soul cleanse definitely were, but for some reason it feels differently when it’s poetry.

The first collection in question belongs to amanda lovelace, who again is a writer I have fallen in love with this year and am up to date with her bibliography.

This one felt less intense than the other two. First of all that’s probably because it’s from a different series but also because the balance seemed to be in favour of happier moments. More empowering ones.

As such I think it might be my favourite of lovelace’s so far.

It felt like the one that resonated with me the most. It felt that it represented me the most.

I say it felt less intense than the other two, but it was still a lot. In a beautiful way. I think this would be a good gateway into lovelace’s work. It plats with form, it covers a lot of hard topics but leaves to feeling kind of uplifted by the end.

It’s a wild ride of a collection that I would for sure recommend.

Here are some of my faves:
brace for impact: for literally feeling like a punch to the gut

the invitation: because damn I felt that. It struck a nerve in a really alarming way

fool me once, twice, thrice: because I love the imagery that it evokes (also, low key obsessed with all things Lucifer)

moon made of honey: for that final couplet alone

playing favourites: because damn the levels that come from those lines is immense

i am still rebuilding: I mean that is what it’s called and maybe tells you all you need to know, it’s a stanza that holds so much in it and feels so deeply and awfully.

darling i am worthy: the final two stanzas were something that I really needed to hear at the time of reading this

my new love is here to ruin your day: it’s uplifting on a quiet level

thank you: the message, the bluntness of it, the necessity of it needing to be said. Just the whole thing.

they didn’t deserve this: all about that female empowerment

fuck those fairytales: because seriously that does need to be said. Love does not need to be tragic.

some people were never worth your words: something I need to remember.

And that’s it. Another review wrapped up. Get this poetry collection in your life. I recommend it so much.

4/5 stars

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