The poetry collection “The Princess Saves Herself in This One” by Amanda Lovelace was a quick read despite the heavy subjects it discusses. It was just the right kind of book for me at the time.
The poems of “The Princess Saves Herself in This One” are about trauma, abuse, survival, love, strength and artistry – among other topics. Though the books is fast paced and can easily be read in a few hours, the poems invite you to take breaks during or after the reading to think and reflect about them because of the themes they discuss.
Lovelace employs fantastic metaphors and motifs drawing upon the fantasy genre to convey the struggles, characters and conflicts within her poetry. This is an aspect I enjoyed.
It was also lovely to just sit down with “The Princess Saves Herself in This One” and read away. After all my nonfiction and Virginia Woolf reads of the past few months it was great to finally have a nice, quick book that I could simply read and enjoy.
However, the happy love poems got a little too much for me after a while. I’m not a particularly romantic person and they were just too cheesy for my taste. Maybe reading them all in one sitting was not the best idea and I should’ve taken more breaks to give my unromantic mind a break from them – but I didn’t.
Apart from that the collection was a very enjoyable read – and it even contained some feminist poems that I really liked! Although the romance poems didn’t fit my personal taste “The Princess Saves Herself in This One” was a nice poetry book that I really enjoyed reading.