the witch doesn’t burn in this one (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #2)
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Rated W for the witch in all women and it coming out to seek retribution
Burn whoever tries
After the first installment of princesses saving themselves and becoming their own heroes in this poetry series comes the sequel about witches burning those who’ve burned them and overcoming traumatic scaring both internally and externally. Encouraging and vivid in its storytelling and encouragement to find oneself and burn those who try to destroy you.
Women Are Some Kind of Magic Series Reviews
I love poetry and this sequel was on fire! Truly emotional and wicked. A rage for feminism and against men that disrespect and harm women. Each poem was increasingly fast and uplifting. I really loved the coven rules the most in this collection. As much as there was expression to keep strong for yourself, they came across as a memento, a set of rules to build for yourself. Ultimately the book gives off the feels of anger, trauma, and self-care. The key elements: lighting a match, being burned, coming from powerful witches, and more give way to great imagery and is a great use of metaphor.
always put yourself first sacrifice at you own discretion - coven rule #1 burn whoever tries to burn you - coven rule #2 make no apologies; accept no apologies - coven rule #3 know that anger has its limits & act accordingly - coven rule #4
When I think of witches I think of Sally Owens, Bonnie Bennett, Piper Halliwell, Diana Bishop, and even the perky Willow Rosenberg. Women that radiate power but wholesomeness and strength and bravery and independence. I wish there’d been more reflection on those that are inspiring to this cause. Independence is great, but we all learn from some sort of role model. I can’t help but wonder which witches inspire Lovelace or which ones she loves.
The negative? There were poems that felt like repeats while there were more that didn’t come out poetic but as a rant. Prose free-form typically weaves its own path and the sheer, raw emotion really drives it. This is a fantastic book, even if some poems come out bland and seem already overdone.
Certainly a war cry for sisterhood and alliance in dark times. A moment of standing up against the unjust that has been happening to women for too long. This has truly been a great read and experience. Still definitely recommending this series so far.
she's so scared to takeupspace that even the weight of her bones sometimes feels like too much - the hollow-girl (p. 48)
This one hit me from two angles. Eating disorders are a subject that Lovelace approaches with fire but I also felt like this touched on depression and how sometimes you’ll feel like you shouldn’t be int his world and so you try to disappear. Really earth-shattering for me.
be the unlikable woman protagonist (synonyms: bitch realistic manhero) all the men just love to complain about - it's so much more fun that way, isn't it? (p. 114)
There’s nothing like taking your power back or taking it period. A moment of standing up against those that suppress you and who you are and who you could be because they have no fecking power over you and they’ll say and call you every ugly word they can think of because that bothers them.
call me bitch call me villain call me she-wolf call me bad omen call me your worst nightmare wearing a red-lipped smile - even better, call me by my name (p. 125)
Call me what you want. It’ll no longer have the effect you want because it’s true and we’ve embraced it. This one really makes me shiver with delight. Both a taunt and end to letting anyone, particularly men have any power over women.
write the poem (write the pain) burn the poem (burn the pain) - blow the ashes in their eyes (p. 158)
There’s nothing better than a feck you and exactly how this one registered. Powerful in brevity and intention. Poetry is a fantastic outlet for pain and this poem doesn’t just act as a mantra to encourage writing it to release the pain but to utilize it. Beautiful.
More to come soon…
P.S. Song today? Nightmare by Halsey.
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