Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women are some kind of magic #2)
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Purchase: The Book Depository
The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.
Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I read Lovelace’s first poetry collection just a few months ago and its rawness and honesty really resonated with me. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One definitely has these qualities too. It’s a brutally honest collection of feminist poetry that conveys all the messages that the world needs (but often doesn’t want) to hear.
The poems in this collection are all about feminism, and that is something that we can never have enough of. Through stories of witches and fire, the poems spread a message of the power and endurance of women around the world. Lovelace writes about a variety of topics such as eating disorders, abuse and transphobia. It’s so very important that stories like these are told and I believe that everyone will relate to them in one way or another. Moreover, the poems build up to a feeling of empowerment, sisterhood and self-love.
I liked that the author chose to make the link between misogyny and witches and burning. The comparisons worked really well. It also provides a link to the first poetry collection, in what I see as an evolution from a princess to a powerful witch.
I did feel as though the poems were a bit too vicious at times. I realize that this was probably a very conscious decision and that in no way should anything regarding feminism ever be apologetic. However, the viciousness did feel a bit too much at times and this might not be everyone’s cup of tea. I was glad to see that there was a turning point towards the end of the collection, where a type of softness is introduced.
In a similar vein, the poems did feel a bit repetitive at times. This aspect helps build up to the bigger message, but some poems are so similar that I was sometimes left wondering if I had read it before. I suppose this comes down to taste. I do always really enjoy the author’s writing style though and how she builds up the poems like a story.
All in all, I think The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One is an incredibly important poetry collection with good writing and messages that need to be heard. I’d definitely recommend buying the collection once it comes out!