Author: Sandy Day
Publication date: January 20th 2018 (first published July 2011)
Chatterbox is a poetry collection consisting of one hundred and ten poems written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The collection, divided in four different parts – Chattering, scattering, craving and knocking – guides you through all of these emotions.
And this is exactly the part that I loved most about this collection. Every single poem brought it’s own little piece to the puzzle, adding to the overall story being told by the author. I myself have never dealt with divorce, but that made no difference in the relatability of this collection.
Each and every poem is a separate work, but they all fit into the bigger picture of dealing with loss, betrayal, abandonment, resentment and bitterness. And that’s what makes these poems so real – it reads like the author is finally speaking up after years and years of silence. Like the author is finally allowing herself to feel emotions that she wasn’t allowed to feel before. Continue reading
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. Continue reading