The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One

- Amanda Lovelace

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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.

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My Review:

almost perfect:

to be a
is to be
k n o w i n g
all the odds
are stacked
against you.
- & never giving up in spite of it.

Angry, intense, and powerful. The emotions come through so strongly in these poems. A distinct evolution from the first collection in this series. Where the first was sweet and inspiring, the second is strong and empowering. After reading these, don’t you dare take shit from anyone trying to tell you who you are and what you deserve.

Painful, dark topics are tackled here, not with empty platitudes or stereotypes but with fire and brimstone. The ‘witch’ theme is a little heavy-handed at times with all the fire and burning and matches, but I appreciated the overall narrative.

Whether you liked the first collection or not, I would not sleep on this one. They are hardly related and, besides the formatting, they almost seem written by different authors. Such an impressive sense of growth from one to the next.

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