Synopsis from Indigo
I don't often read poetry, which means I very rarely actually review poetry. That said, I loved Amanda Lovelace's the witch doesn't burn in this one and I really wanted to give it some love online.
I loved so many of these poems, so I'm not going to list them individually,but instead give a brief explanation of why I love the collection as a whole.
Excellent Poetic Structure
One of the stand-out features of this collection for me what the unique structure of how Lovelace has written her poems. While some are listed in list format, others have a step-ladder effect, and still others are a slow spiral downwards. Two of the poems that continue to stay burned in my mind was the side-by-side lists about how to prevent rape and how to teach boys not to rape. The starkness of both pages and the repetition of "don't rape" was a punch to the heart; I thought this was beautifully done and really pushes home the message that our culture of blaming the victim needs to end.
Strong Message of Female Strength
It shouldn't be a surprise that this is a collection of feminist poems, calling all women to action in finding their voice and standing up for each other. I love the message behind every poem, where Lovelace had clearly spent a long time coming up with a cohesive message of female empowerment and female strength. The witch will not allow others to hold her back any longer; it is time for all women to find their strength and lose our fear.
This collection is a fast-paced read and one that I think everyone (female and male) should take the time to read. While I'm anxiously waiting for Lovelace's final book in the series to be published, I hope it gives everyone else the chance to pick up her book for the first time and enjoy the journey she brings us on. This was a beautiful collection and one I continue to enjoy and recommend.
FINAL RATING: 5/5
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