I am glad to be joining Poetry Friday yet again this week. We are still celebrating our #WomenReadWomen2019 theme, and here is another female poet whose voice may potentially resonate with young women. Thank you to Poetry for Children for hosting this week.
Poetry by Amanda Lovelace
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing (2017)
ISBN: 144948641X (ISBN13: 9781449486419) Literary Award: Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry (2016). Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me and edited with an iPhone app.
I have already resigned myself to the fact that I am not the target audience for confessional, Tumblr-type of poetry such as this one. However, that being said, I also recognize that young women who are still struggling to redefine, transform, and reinvent themselves may benefit from such a no-holds-barred, fearless, defiant baring of the soul through verse. There is a great deal of anger in this collection as the poet essentially summarizes her life narrative through rhyme and meter: surviving an abusive, hateful mother; dealing with body-image issues and fat-shaming; betrayal from lovers and friends alike.
There were a handful of themes in this collection that resonated with me. One of which has to do with the reference to other female poets as seen in the poem below, effectively positioning the poet alongside a tribe of women who lived tortured lives and made sense of their realities through poetry:
Another would be the unabashed love for words and their power to transform, comfort, heal:
This last poem also reflects this coming to terms with one’s self through poetry.
I hope you enjoyed the design and layout of the poems. I took a photo of the page and edited them using an iPhone app. Cheers to our most loyal lover.
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