the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace

Review:  While the princess saves herself in this one was good, it was nothing like this. This one hit me like a ton of bricks. I reread it three times that day and keep it close. As before, much of the imagery comes from the fairy tales it got it’s name from, but there’s just so much more this time. It’s not just that it’s … Continue reading the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace

Floating, Brilliant, Gone by Franny Choi

Review:  It took a minute to get where Choi was coming from at first, but once I got it, I was floored. The back cover description puts it best: Choi’s poems read like lucid dreams that jolt awake at the most unexpected moments. I tried to think of something that I could say that better fit my impression of it, but I just couldn’t. This … Continue reading Floating, Brilliant, Gone by Franny Choi

Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir by Jill Bialosky

Review:  It’s funny sometimes how we can agree so well with another person about the things we appreciate in life but utterly disagree on taste within those things. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me with a fellow book lover but it still strikes as me as strange. I absolutely agree with Bialosky on the way that books can give us precisely … Continue reading Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir by Jill Bialosky

the princess saves herself in this one by amanda lovelace

Review:  I’ve been looking forward to this book of poetry for a while. It was every bit as good as I wanted it to be. It follows about the same format of milk and honey, which explains why it shows up in so many “if you loved milk and honey, you’re next read should be” lists. Its pretty true that I loved them equally, but … Continue reading the princess saves herself in this one by amanda lovelace

Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni

Review: Even though I can’t claim a visceral reaction to this book as some poetry has given me, I did enjoy it quite a bit. Giovanni has a way of looking at things and people that I had never considered and I love all her expressions of this in the book. As an avid reader, I can recognize the need for art but not express … Continue reading Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni

milk and honey by rupi kaur

Review:  I was never one for poetry in school but I’m learning that this has had much more to do with the sanitized selections my school made than poetry itself. This particular book of poetry has triggers for rape and sexual assault and I would say domestic abuse as well. Its also perfect for a single sitting read for anyone doing the Read Harder challenge … Continue reading milk and honey by rupi kaur

Suggestions for National Poetry Month

I’ve been working steadily on my poetry, knowing that I have been failing this month every year and I’m hoping to finally have my first good poetry month. While I know there are a great many wonderful men out there who are poets, this blog strives to promote women writers as diversely as possible for now. In that spirit, I’m only mentioning the women poets … Continue reading Suggestions for National Poetry Month

Reblog: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I absolutely loved this memoir written in poetry when I had first read it and wanted to remind everyone of it for this year’s National Poetry Month! I don’t know what you’re reading this April but I highly recommend brown girl dreaming if you haven’t read it yet! Review: I’ve read a lot of memoirs, but none that were done as a series of poems before. … Continue reading Reblog: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Translation is never easy but I have a feeling that translating poetry is even more difficult than normal. There is the cadence of the poem and all the hidden meanings behind word usage to consider. I don’t envy a translator in general, but it must take a special kind of professional to throw themselves into the poetry of another language and try to come out … Continue reading Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Review: This is one of my Reading Nobel Women books, a complete collection of Wislawa Szymborska’s work, and it was amazing. A new collected volume from the Nobel Prize–winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection One of Europe’s greatest recent poets is also its wisest, wittiest, and most accessible. Nobel Prize–winner Wislawa Szymborska … Continue reading Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak