Title: The Princess Saves Herself in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Published: April 23, 2016
“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”
A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.
“raid your library.
you can get your
& polish them up
until they shine
your finest weapons—
a gold-hilted sword
to cut your
– a survival plan of sorts.
I love Urdu poetry. Parveen Shakir, Ghalib, Iqbal, Jaun Elia, Mohsin Naqvi are a few among my favorites. English poetry is nothing close to Urdu poetry but there are still a few poets that grabbed my attention and intrigued me to read more of their work. Amanda Lovelace is one of them. Her poetry is the essence of pain, strength, self-empowerment and heartbreak. She was fat-shamed, cheated on and lost her loved ones to death but she refused to be the victim of crippled society and cruel life.
She realizes she is strong enough and capable of facing anything and everything that life throws at her. She doesn’t need a prince to save her. She gathered all her broken pieces and put them together to recreate a stronger persona that can fight dragons and slay demons but the cracks are still there. Cracks, the reminiscent of the loss of loved ones, the reminder of the hatred. So, she filled those ugly cracks with gold of strength and self-love
– but now i’ve got gold in the cracks.
Some of my favorites:
– you are stronger than i will ever know.
– i believe in you.
Have you read this book? Do you have any favorite poem from this book?
Until next time, take care and good bye.