So I impulsively bought The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace and read in within a matter of hours. It reminds me of Rupi Kaur's work as it is raw and you can just tell Lovelace poured her heart and soul into her work. That's what makes a great writer. You have to take sad, upsetting situations in life and turn them into something that others can relate to.
About Amanda Lovelace
Amanda is a lover of fairy tales and she lives in New Jersey. She has a BA in English Literature and a minor in sociology. Her first book in the series Women are Some Kind of Magic is The Princess Saves Herself In This One. The second book in the series The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One will be released on March 6th, 2018.
Top Ten Poems:The Princess Saves Herself In This One
I'm going to include some of my favourite poems that are in the poetry collection and why they are my favourite.
- you left but you stayed.
This one really intrigues me and in my interpretation of it, I think it's how a loved one can be a miracle and a nightmare at the same time. People will leave but the memories will haunt you forever.
locked herself away
in the highest tower,
hoping a knight
in shining armor
would come to her
i didn't realize i could be my own knight.
I love this poem because I always thought someone would come and rescue me, the damsel in distress, but really, we need to save ourselves. And for me, it's been my family and friends who have always been there to help me piece back the pieces of my heart.
in the ran
will be washed
- right down the fucking drain.
This one hits home for me. I made promises to people and people made promises to me. Unfortunately, promises get broken in the heat of things and once a promise is broken, it's hard to trust again. My advice: don't make promises you think you can keep. You won't. He won't. Just go with everything and if things work out, that's amazing, but if they don't, you won't then hate them for breaking a promise they said they would keep.
i was the one thing
he had to deny -
the beautiful truth
- who knew such a young heart could shatter?
This is really sad. To me, it's about how the one you love hasn't always got your best interests at heart and you live within their world of lies, building a beautiful truth.
he was made of fire
& i was made of ice.
i came too close to
& he melted me
with his embers,
reducing me down
to a puddle.
i froze over again,
but i was never
quite the same -
a fragile, watery imitation
of what once was.
- where was my fear of fire when it came to you?
This is a beautiful poem combining opposites, and like Lovelace wrote before, opposites attract but sometimes they can tear each other down. To me, this poem means never being the same after a break up. We all change, become stronger, more resilient but also less trusting of others.
to fix me
he left me
s h a t t e r e d
than i had been
- but now i've got gold in the cracks.
This poem is very fitting in my life at the moment because before I met him, I was a complete anxious mess and during, he helped build my confidence up, helped me get back on my feet again.
- a war i never agreed to fight.
To me, this poem is how I see my current situation; I was fighting but I didn't protect my heart in the process. I never expected to get burned so badly. And I did not sign up to this - this monstrous pain that feels never ending. We shed our armor when we love someone and have to trust they won't hurt us.
s c a t t e r e d
that guides me
i find myself
- you are my home.
This is true for me - home is the smell of his skin, his lips on mine, the embraces we have. The way he holds my hand when I'm nervous or excited or just wants to, feels like home. Part of him will be like home, always.
- i thank the universe every day for you.
This is so so so important! No one can teach you how to love yourself, but they can help in the process. It's important to learn to love yourself, but sometimes we need a helping hand to guide us along the way.
so much love
but no one
- a cup overfilled.
This feels true these days; I gave so much of my love away but there was always more to come.
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