witch doesn't burn in this one, the

Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one — the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series. The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one. 

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-10-01
3/5 stars. There were some poems in this book that I didn't necessarily care for, while others were spot on. The poems ended up being a hit or miss for me and I wished it had all the magic that The Princess Saves Herself In This One had.
Reviewed: 2018-03-22
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

TW: child + intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, trauma, death + violence, transphobia, + others


Lovelace is back with another un-forgiving, furious and firey, stick-it-to-the-man and support-your-sisters (not just your cis-ters!) collection of poetry. 

This collection interlaces a powerful female cry with the happenings of the Salem Witch Trials, a horrific event that impacted women, instilled oppression and ignited a fire in women, even today.


"i am
the girl
with the
arsonist heart
all your fathers
warned you
about"



The thing I have come to love about Lovelace's poetry is that she does not ask for forgiveness for the hard things that she says. She does not shy around the ugly. 

Instead, Lovelace will take the ugliness, set it on flames, throw it in the face of anyone who is listening, watch the blaze, and then hug her sisters and raise them up any way she can. 

It is a glorious thing to watch. It is also frightful, heavy, and raw. 


"& hex
any
man

who
catcalls
you"



So why only three and a half stars? For one - the anger. 

There is a lot of anger and firey disregard throughout this collection. And rightfully so. 

But the way it was presented I felt apart from it. I could not relate to the anger that Lovelace threw about. I felt as though it was, at times, so emotional that the message was swamped and muddied. 

Often I felt like Lovelace was portraying the exact version of the angry, blaming, feminist that is often attacked in social media. Which isn't bad and should not be demonized. But it left me feeling mildly uncomfortable and unsure.

But there were certain passages that just got me. Lovelace is incredible at taking those little, every-day things that impact the thoughts and behaviour of women and putting them into non-nonsense passages. 


"there exists
a fine line
between
being
selfish

&
being
selfless"



The collection also includes longer proses that give a first-person narrative to women involved in The Salem Trials. These were powerful and brilliantly tied the entire collection together and acted as a strong and influential foundation to all the voices throughout.

I thought these were a lot more effective than the name-dropping of fictional female heroines, such as Katniss Everdeen.

Once again, Lovelace has provided us with an incredible collection of thoughts, issues, and feminine movement. While not as strong as her previous published collection, as always her voice is raw and loud and is something to be applauded. 



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