Book Review – ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ by Amanda Lovelace

Cons of This Book

1. Do Not Like How the “Poetry” Is Written

I do not want to get too in-depth about this point, since I plan on discussing my feelings about how contemporary poetry is written often nowadays. However, even though the message Lovelace tried getting across was commendable and powerful, the way she wrote the pieces almost made it painful to read. Sure, poetry can be whatever you would like it to be. However, you also want to ensure your work has some sort of rhythm and meter to ensure ease of reading. Many of the poems felt so broken when trying to read them that it physically tensed me up.

2. Do Not Enjoy the Book Formatting

Lovelace organized this book in such a way that pains me. Even if she wrote a poem that only took up three or four lines, she moved on to another page and left the rest of the page completely empty. I do understand the importance of not cluttering your pages, so I do not mean she should have crammed everything she could onto a single page. What I think she could have done, however, is fit at least another longer piece or two super short pieces on the page, as well. For the price point of this book ($15.00 for a paperback copy), I would expect at the very least half the page filled before I continue reading on to the next page. (In case you never read the post in which I explained my perspective on his issue, this is it.)

3. She Did Not “Show” With Her Language as Much as She “Told”

I mentioned this piece of advice Dr. Heather H. Thomas gave me previously, but I will reiterate it until the day I die: show, don’t tell. While she did have some pieces that hit home for me occasionally, the way Lovelace decided to write her work felt more like she was telling me about her day in a conversation without any real imagery to it. I feel one of the most integral parts of being a poet is using imagery to your advantage; that is what keeps your readers reading! As I sat on the armchair in the Barnes & Noble café reading this book, I would be lying if I told you I did not space out quite a few times. I absolutely did because at least 75 percent of that book did not draw me in as a poetry collection should. Her work shows promise, but I feel she could really work on that to only make her work better as long as she does not get complacent because of this book’s (somehow achieved) success.

4. The Brevity of the Pieces Is Hit or Miss

This last con of “The Princess Saves Herself in This One” somewhat ties together with my previous point. Many of the poems are extremely short, and that itself is not necessarily a bad thing. However, because she did not use that short space to create a vivid mental image and captivate the reader (me), this formatting choice Lovelace made fell flat. If a three- or four-line poem was written in such a way that it conveyed and gave a powerfully vivid mental image, I would not count this against her; I have read several amazing but very short pieces in the past. But since she failed to grab my attention more often than not, I had to consider this a downfall of the book.

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