★★★☆☆ | ★★☆☆☆ | ★★★★☆
June 22nd, 2018 | June 23rd, 2018 | March 14th, 2019
I find it difficult to rate poetry. I talked a little bit about this in my joint review of Jason Reynold’s books last year. His books are spoken word, and in that review I mentioned that I wasn’t a fan of this style of poetry.
I’ve now read the full Women Are Some Kind of Magic series by Amanda Lovelace, and I still feel the same way about it. I feel like there’s no room for interpretation by the reader, and you’re being told exactly what you’re supposed to be thinking or feeling.
In the first book I found this particularly jarring, but I still found the subject matter interesting. It was a story of triumph and survival, and though the format took away from that, I didn’t hate it. My biggest problem is that any nuance and metaphor is immediately shattered at the end of the small poem by the title, explicitly saying what was creatively implied. I wasn’t a huge fan of this, but I was willing to carry on to the second book.
My opinion changed in the second book, which I found angry and full of fire (ironically). I didn’t think that I would be able to go back to Amanda Lovelace as a writer, but decided to give the third book a try just to finish the series.
I’m glad I did. I found the third one the most interesting of the three. It had the parts I enjoyed about the first one, and a slower, smoldering fire from the second, coupled with poetry from other people. While I still didn’t enjoy the format, I found this one the best, and it had the most growth and best overall message of the three.
I’m still searching for a “new style” of poetry that I like. I don’t think that this is exactly that, but I’ll keep looking for it. Based on the third book, if she were to release anything new I would give it a try just to see if I like the direction, but I hope that as her writing grows, her format changes and there’s more nuance to it.