The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

I’ve written about Amanda Lovelace’s poetry here and just found out that she released the second book in her Women Are Some Kind of Magic series. And to be honest, I’m just as obsessed with the second installment as I was the first. She writes fervently about feminism, eating disorders, sexual assault, and other women’s issues but she does so in a manner that is a straight shot to the feels.

This installment is written all in red ink — which I’m sure was intentional, as red (if you’re as into colour theory as I am) often has a tendency to make you feel intensely, whether it be love, lust, or even anger. At first, before I noticed the colour, I was feeling enraged and emotional, more so than I usually am while reading a book of poetry, and then it hit me. It was the colour that was heightening those emotions. And I was amazed. Like I said, I’m sure it was an intentional choice but it’s subtle enough to have a real impact.

Like in her first book, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One also comes with a trigger/content warning written poetically. If you’re not familiar with what a trigger or content warning is, it basically is a warning ahead of a post or work that warns the reader that what they are about to read may have certain triggering parts and to be aware. There’s a lot of debate over whether or not writers should include these warnings but that’s another rabbit hole that I don’t want to go down just yet. Anyway, due to what Lovelace discusses in this book, I was really glad she included it.

I’m not sure if I liked this installment as much as her first but it was still incredibly well done. It makes you angry, emotional, sad, and ready to fight against the patriarchy. She’s an immensely talented poet and I have a feeling she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. I am so excited to buy her next installment, whenever it comes out, and I love supporting female poets.

Favourite poem: Know that anger has its limits & act accordingly 

4.5/5

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