Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy
the mermaid’s voice returns in this one is available March 5th, 2019
I’ve loved Amanda Lovelace’s work since her first collection and even though I don’t know her personally, I want to mention how proud I am of her for her women are some kind of magic series.
I really enjoyed this final instalment of her first series and can truly see the growth in her poetry in comparison to the princess saves herself in this one. That being said, I did struggle with getting through this one. Rather than being able to read it over the course of a few hours as I was able to do with the previous two books, this one hit closer to home. As a victim of assault myself, it pressed on a lot of nerves in a way that I’m not yet ready to deal with, which meant taking many breaks in between poems in order to collect myself.
I more or less knew that would be the case and definitely appreciate that Amanda’s books all begin with a reminder to practice self-care, even while reading her poems. This is a strong and viscerally real collection on what it means to survive as a victim and not. It reads like a slap in the face for a lot of the poems, but not in a bad way. It’s a reminder to be strong and that you are strong even when you don’t think you are.
So thank you, Amanda, not only for your poetry, but for the message behind each word. Not all of us have a voice, so thank you for sharing yours so that we might find our own.