Saturday, October 27, 2018

Poetry Corner: The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

Warning 1:

this is not a fairy witch tale. ~ Opening of The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One




The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #2) by Amanda Lovelace
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2018
Poetry; 208 pgs
Source: E-Copy provided by Publisher via NetGalley

Sometimes the title is enough to make me want to read a book, and it was in this case. When I first saw mention of this collection of poetry, I knew I would read it. I even ran out and bought a copy of the first book in the poet's Women Are Some Kind of Magic series, The Princess Saves Herself In This One. That one is on my TBR stack, which I will be reading and sharing with you at a later date.

The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One is not about witches, not exactly. It is about women. It is about how women are oppressed, marginalized, and judged--and about their strength and resilience.   This collection is full of emotion. Rage, but not guilt. No shame. Empowerment and ownership of who we are. I had to remind myself it was one voice, one poet, writing the words. When I read the words out loud and in my head, they were the voice of many.

While historically more women accused of witchcraft were hanged than burned at the stake, the theme of burning witches is ingrained in our culture. Throughout this collection, Lovelace uses that imagery to make a powerful statement--through matches and flame and ash.

I loved the homages throughout to other books or characters. It was something that called out to the reader in me.

Here just a sampling of the poems in the collection that spoke to me:

they scratched it
out of the history books.

but on all the
great innovations

you will find
scorch marks

in the shape of
a woman's 

magnificent 
handprint.

do not forget
we need to be
the history books
now.

- women are libraries about to burst. [pg 38]

*
society
wrapped
a corset
around us,

fisted
the strings
& pulled
tight

as if
tuning
a new 
violin,

&
until we
cut them
away

pull out
the 
bones

we will
never discover
who we
 truly are.

- unlearn this normalized self-hatred. [pg 88]

*

womanhood
doesn't 
have to be
this twisted 
competition.

let us
cultivate
womanhood
until it grows
into sisterhood.

we'll sprinkle
lavender seeds
into our
old wounds
until we're finally

h e a l e d.

-  your sisters are not your enemies. [pg 117]

*

you
think
your body
is made up
of mostly
water,

but 
really
your body
is made up
of mostly 
poetry.

wherever you go,
you leave behind
puddles of words in your wake.

collect the
integral pieces
of yourself
&
call the
words back.

you deserve
to be whole again.

- the sign you've been waiting for II. [pg 156]

*

today
you are
the fire
& tomorrow
you will be
the sea

& they'll
have no choice
but to hear your siren song.

- amanda lovelace [pg 185]


What do you think? Do any of these poems speak to you? Have you read any poetry lately?

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8 comments:

  1. I don't read a lot of poetry, but this collection really does speak to me. It makes me think not just about historically how women have been oppressed, but also about things that are happening right now. Me Too, the Women's March, etc. It sounds like a powerful and relevant read.

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  2. I look at this book every time I go to the store, but I haven’t picked it up yet. Thank you for reviewing poetry! It doesn’t get enough love in the blogosphere.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. You picked some wonderful poems! The title of that book grabs me too.

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  4. Great poems! I really like Amanda Lovelace. (And that's thanks to you and an earlier post you wrote about her earlier poems.)

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  5. I cannot remember the last time I read poetry. This sounds like a really well done collection.

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  6. You sealed it for me. I have to read this one.

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  7. Oh wow, this sounds so good! I love to discover new poetry and I think I'd really enjoy this one.

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  8. I'm impressed! These poems give some timely examples of independence!

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