“the princess saves herself in this one” by Amanda Lovelace

Poetry

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What’s up, blog? Long time no post. It’s been a hectic few months, but hopefully I can get back to posting more frequently soon.

Anyway, yesterday I picked up a book of poetry. Poetry isn’t normally my thing. I’ve always admired it, but I’ve never been the kind of person who actively reads poetry or owns poetry books. I liked the title of this one, though, so I grabbed it. I wouldn’t exactly say I enjoyed it, because I feel like some of the poems in this book aren’t things you should enjoy. Fair warning, this book contains a lot of things that may be triggering to those who have suffered from abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, and a variety of other terrible things. If you make your way through it, however, you might also find that it triggers more positive feelings as well.

“the princess saves herself in this one” by Amanda Lovelace is, as the back cover puts it, “the story of a princess turned damsel turned queen.” It’s written in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. It takes you on a journey through the poet’s life, her struggles with relationships, men, herself, and society. It’s a super quick read if you want to get through it fast, but I found myself just sitting there staring at the page after reading through some of these poems. I highly doubt everyone would enjoy this, but for a 23 year old girl alone in a new city, with a new job, and no clue what she’s doing, it resonated pretty deeply with me. If you are a woman who has ever struggled with loving yourself, struggled with what people expect of you, been hurt by someone, there’s something in here for you. Also a decent amount of Harry Potter references, which I enjoyed.

My favorite part of the book was part four: you. It’s the happiest part, the part where you start to feel empowered and strong and proud. That’s not to say that you should skip the first three though. I read this at a coffee shop and found myself near tears in the beginning, and it makes the ending so much more powerful.

“you were
sent down
from the stars

exactly the way
you were supposed
to be –

the way
you would
love,

the way
you would
lust.

& the way
you would find
your wings –

& no one
should have
been given

the power
to take that
away

from you.

– you deserve your pulse.”

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