Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One (Women are Some Kind of Magic #2)
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Pages: 208 pages
Genre: poetry, feminism
Publication date: March 6th, 2018
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.
2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn’t burn in this one — the second book in her “women are some kind of magic” poetry series. The collection of poetry deals with heavy subjects like misogyny, abuse, body issues and rape. But also with self-love and intersectionality, all while using the imagery of witch trials to portray to oppression of women.
I liked how the author used witch trials as a metaphor since the horrific events themselves are a very fitting portrayal of how women were murdered for not falling in line, to the point of being accused of being witches. It’s a recurring theme within this collection and, while every single poem is definitely it’s own work, makes it really feel like you’re reading a collection of poetry that all fit together.
I really loved some of the poems. Especially the poems in the first two chapters, called the trial and the burning, evoked emotions in me. I enjoyed the longer, slightly more complex poems. My favorites are the ones about eating disorders and body acceptance, like the one I decided to share here.
This collection contains a lot of really small poems, sometimes just a few words on a page. I get that this is a stylistic choice, but for me, some parts of this collection felt really unfinished. Although they looked nice on the page, the tiny baby poems didn’t evoke the emotions in me that some of the more complex poems did. The shorter poems definitely fell flat for me.
This collection definitely fits in the category of vicious and unapologetically angry poetry, and while it definitely worked at times, I didn’t like the vengeance theme that was going on in some parts of the collection. I had a lot of mixed feelings. On one hand, the author was writing about reclaiming yourself, embracing your femininity and resistance, on the other hand she wrote about taking revenge on people. Unfortunately, I didn’t think the vengeance theme was all that empowering. Anger is a very beautiful, honest and natural emotion, and I liked that it was a big part of this collection, but villainizing men (which I felt like was happening at times) is not the solution.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.