As I have mentioned in other blog posts, I do not read as much poetry as I probably should but I am working on it. I am really glad that my library had this collection of poetry available. Lovelace does an amazing job making you feel empowered after reading these poems. I also did appreciate that there was a trigger warning in the front of the book and I think that with some topics like rape or abuse there needs to be a warning of sorts.
I have seen some negative reviews about the book because some readers thought that is was full of misandry but I strongly disagree. The poems were about women realizing that they are powerful beings in their own right. Many of the poems touch on breaking free from the choke hold that society has on women. For example some of the poems were about loving yourself no matter what, not worrying about being quiet, and being your true self. Those are all topics I can get behind. There are poems that tell men to stand down….but only the men that put women down, and that’s what I think a lot of people might not understand.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a very quick read and the messages behind these poems were great. Some of the poems left me feeling empowered and really made me realize that maybe I need to cut myself a little more slack. There were some poems that were not my cup of tea but that is the great thing about poetry, you don’t have to love them all. I think that if you pick this book up make sure you keep an open mind, not every poem will speak to you but some may not. All I know is that I will absolutely be getting her other collections!