I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing the poetry collection “Break Your Own Glass Slippers” by Amanda Lovelace! I’ve heard good things about Lovelace’s poetry and I haven’t read any up until now, so I thought it would be good to
“amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.”
This collection contains discussions of child abuse, toxic friendships, sexual harassment, eating disorders, unhealthy relationships, suicide, and trauma. If you are sensitive to such content, please be careful when reading this one.
I enjoyed the fairytale imagery that occurred in these poems, though I think the imagery could overall be stronger and more present in each poems. Many of the poems also focused on empowering women and experiences of many things I listed in the content warnings section, but I would like to see more fairytale imagery. What was present in most poems felt like the bare minimum – other than referring to the “princess,” which is the reader, there was very little that felt enchanting or had enough imagery.
Additionally, many of the poems were free verse. However, they felt more like they were simply encapsulating idioms or empowering speeches rather than being actual poems. The lack of imagery did not help this, either, and I wish there was more wordplay involved in the poem, such as assonance, metaphors, and similes.
There were no standout poems for me when reading this collection. It did not help that there were virtually no titles for any of the poems, except for the “Fairy Godmother Says”-related ones. It also made it difficult to understand where the poems ended and began, thanks to a lack of titling.
Overall, I’m rating this collection 2 out of 5 stars!
I would recommend this poetry collection to those that enjoy themes of female empowerment and fairytales combined. However, if you are looking for strong imagery, I would not recommend this collection to read. Had there been more imagery in all of the poems, I think I could have given this collection a higher rating.
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