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The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Read Dates: June 20, 2019 – June 20, 2019
Publication date: April 23, 2016
Source: Owned paperback

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The Princess Saves Herself in This One

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the princess i was born
a little bookmad.

i could be found stroking
the spines of my books

while i sat locked alone
inside my tower bedroom.

all the while, i hoped my books
would spill their exquisite words

over the lush green carpet
so i could collect them one by one

& savor them like
berries inside my mouth

forever a collector of words

Six months ago, if you had told me I would be into poetry books, I would have laughed right in your face. Mind you, I have always been into authors like Poe and Frost. Among others. But I just wasn’t a fan of how poetry was being written in modern times. Until I met Rupi Kaur and she absolutely broke me. That encounter led to me picking up other poetry books blindly without ever reading a single review or a single synopsis. I found Amanda Lovelace in the bestsellers section of my local bookstore and grabbed both this book and The Mermaid Doesn’t Lose Her Voice in This One. I’m glad I did.

Lovelace cuts to your core in a completely different way than Kaur does. While they both cover the same troubles, for me, it was the delivery. Lovelace spoke to me in a way that brought all my old wounds to the surface and just as they were beginning to fester, her words filled them with poultice and taught them what it took to heal.

She begins with The Princess. A young, naive version of herself who suffers abuse at the hands of her mother and ridicule from her peers. She tells a story of a girl who is broken and has no idea where she’s going much less how to get there. A girl who only wishes to escape into the worlds inside her books. (Same girl, same.)

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adjective

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it should not determine
the worth
(or lack thereof)
of a human being.

what i know now that I wish I knew then.

She continues the story by telling us how the princess became the damsel. The author seeks acceptance from those around her. She finds unhealthy relationships and clings to them because she wants to feel something other than the things she grew up with. Her mother passes away due to cancer and she harbors a battle inside of her as she tries to decide if her passing was a blessing or a curse. There is so much grief and pain in this section until the princess turned damsel finally finds herself.

the princess
jumped from
the tower
& she
learned
that she
could fly
all along.

she never needed those wings

The next section is my favorite. The princess becomes the queen. She becomes content. She finds someone whose soul compliments her own. She is finally able to be herself and live her life untainted. She gains the confidence to LIVE.

In the end, she encourages the reader. She’s taken you on her journey and carried you through the tale of her trials. But now she wants you to know that you are enough and you are able to face your own trials.

I highly recommend this one. It will reopen old wounds and bring to light current ones that you didn’t realize you had. It will make you feel.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite pages in this book:

you were
sent down
from the stars

exactly the way
you were supposed
to be —

the way
you would
love,

the way
you would
lust,

& the way
you would find
your wings —

& no one
should have
been given

the power
to take that
away
from you.

you deserve your pulse.

Keri

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Black Butterfly by Robert M Drake

Read Dates:June 9, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Publication date: April 2, 2015
Source: Owned copy

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There is nothing
more dangerous
to any form of government
than an entire
generation
who knows how to dream
and believe
in themselves enough
to change
and reinvent
it all.

I’m back again with another Robert M Drake book! I saw two of his books in my local bookstore a few weeks ago and… I’ll admit… bought them based on how beautiful the covers were. I have a serious cover porn problem…
Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed. His books are a far cry from what I get from Rupi Kaur who was actually the author who got me into poetry books at all. Where Kaur is raw and relentless, Drake is soft and soothing. This is only my second book of his and I plan to seek out ALL others by Drake but I’ve gathered that I’m 100% right in that he’s a hopeless romantic. In Black Butterfly he actually mentions his significant other and most of this book was more romantic whereas Spaceship had a little more heartache and struggle in it.

And there were
always
those nights where
she preferred the
rain over the people.
Because the rain would
remind her of how
she should feel
and people
would remind her
of all the things
she always
wanted
to forget.

The author is one of the few who has found true love and what it means and he wants the world to know of the beauties that come with finding the one who ignites your soul.

Don’t think.
It complicates things.
Just feel, and
if it feels like home
then follow
its path.

Look, if you want a feel good poetry book, pick up one of Drake’s books. This one was definitely more of a feel good poetry book. The passages are a little longer than those in Spaceship but they’re still just as deep. I really enjoyed this one and I’m glad I gave him a try. He’s wonderful.

Love
what loves you,
but never
hate
what hates you.
For hate is
the burden
to exhaust
the
stars in you.

And a timeless entry in Drake’s book from 2015 that I will cherish forever as Robin Williams was one of my absolute favorites and was lost all too soon.

Robin Williams

Keri

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Spaceship by Robert M Drake

Read Dates: June 6, 2019 – June 6, 2019
Publication date: March 13, 2014
Source: Owned copy

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Society pushes us to pour out our beauty and uniqueness. So they can burn us alive for being too different

This book claims to be a “collection of words for the misunderstood”. It’s not wrong. This book is dark, quirky, weird, beautiful… there is hope among it’s pages.
It seems like the poet is a bit of a hopeless romantic as well. Always giving himself over to his love for his significant other.

This collection didn’t just present you with the words of a hopeless romantic, though. Nay. It gave you strength. It reminded you that you are enough and you can flourish and reach your full potential if only you allow those that are holding you back to let you go.

Her eyes like a battered black sun, departed from the night before. She remembered the suffering the world caused. But it was in her weary soul, a killer’s instinct to savagely keep going.

This book tells us not to be ashamed of what we’ve endured. It has taught us vital lessons and is the reason we are able to push forward with all of our might. Don’t let people pity you or shame you for your past. Your past shaped you into who you are right now.

Change was among the stars, the moment she began to love herself.

This was a super refreshing read. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately when it comes to reading as we have been crazy busy but then I saw this book in my book case and thought, “Heck, I definitely have time for a poetry book!” I’ve also been wanting to read Drake’s works for a while now and I’m so glad I did. This book was wonderful and I hope you pick it up so it can remind you, as it did me, to stay weird. 🙃

The world is filled
with broken people
with broken lives
searching for broken love.
And that is why being
alone has never
felt so good.

I can’t see myself
with the crowd.

I never have.

Keri