i am magic / all the days i am / a woman / & i am magic / all the days i am / not.
Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.
The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.
I read this a few months ago and to be completely honest, it did not speak to me at the beginning. I’m not a poetry expert, and at the time I have only began to try different authors’ works to know what works for me. A lot of the pieces rather confused me, perhaps due to the experimental format. As a fiction reader I am used to reading quickly but just like any poetry collection, this one is meant to be read and digested slowly to be appreciated fully.
It gives a dark twist to our well-loved fairy tales with its themes of abuse, rape, and mental health issues. The trigger warning at the opening of the book helps. We are taken in a journey of healing and self-acceptance. I feel that this is written to speak to people who are just like The Little Mermaid, those who have lost their voices, those who find joy in material things and watching other people’s lives different from their own. It is interesting how through the use of this familiar fairy tale settings, the collection anchors the reader to reality, and reminds us of the logic of self and our ability to be critical of our experiences and learnings.
Some of my favorite parts: the “i believe in endless worlds” series. Here we see parallel universes with Romeo & Juliet living different lives and the endless possibilities just gave me so much joy and hope. Somehow, the retelling of classic fairy tales also gave me that sense of empowerment–that we are in control of our lives. No matter what struggles you have, at the end of the day it is our choices that determines our fate. I can definitely see how this collection could help people begin the healing process they need in their lives, too.
Below are some pieces that really resonated with me. I’d love to know what you think about them as well. Let’s chat in the comments! 💕
Big thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Overall Rating: 3/5
About the Author
growing up a word-devourer & avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that amanda lovelace began writing books of her own, & so she did. when she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found waiting for pumpkin spice coffee to come back into season & binge-watching gilmore girls. (before you ask: team jess all the way). the lifelong poetess & storyteller currently lives in new jersey with her fiancé, their moody cat, & a combined book collection so large it will soon need its own home. she has her B.A. in english literature with a minor in sociology. the princess saves herself in this one is her debut poetry collection & the first book in the women are some kind of magic series. the second book in the series, the witch doesn’t burn in this one, will be published in 2018.
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #3) by Amanda Lovelace
Paperback, 210 pages
Published March 5th 2019
ISBN 1524852317 (ISBN13: 9781524852313)
Edition language: English
Genres: Poetry | Feminism | Contemporary | Mental Health
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