Title: The Princess Saves Herself in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Publication Date: April 23, 2016
After finishing Rupi Kaur’s collection milk and honey—which was absolutely amazing—I was craving more poetry. Strange for me, mostly because I’m not usually a poetry person. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I regularly skip or skim poetry assignments for my literature classes. I was drawn to Amanda Lovelace’s collection The Princess Saves Herself in This One mainly because of the title. Then, I snooped around a bit on her Tumblr, looked up her collection on Wattpad, and fell in love.
The style of Kaur and Lovelace really works for me. It’s short and conversational—the language isn’t overelaborate and the poems don’t have some complicated rhyme scheme. Lovelace plays with italics and formatting, avoiding conventions such as capitalization and punctuation.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One is split into four different parts—the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you.
“the princess” is a fairly short section but very emotionally resonating. It starts with two poems about being bookmad that I absolutely adored. From there, the poems start to get a little more raw. Lovelace discusses body insecurity, anorexia, familial issues, and different forms of abuse.
Next is “the damsel.” I was so excited about this section. I just love the idea of being a damsel in distress and overcoming it yourself—basically Meg’s quote in Hercules. If the last section was raw, this section is absolutely heartbreaking. It has a lot to do with ends—breakups and deaths—that plauge the poetess. But, in the last poem of “the damsel” things start to look up and the poetess seems to be more empowered—setting up “the queen.”
“the queen” is so badass. Here’s just a brief quote from the first poem: “the princess/rose from the ashes/her dragon lovers/made of her/&/crowned/herself/the/mother-fucking/queen of/herself.” Like how empowering is that. The section deals a lot with Lovelace taking control of her life, moving past her grief and heartbreak, finding love in another, and loving yourself. It was so refreshing to read after the past two section and just uplifted me.
I totally didn’t expect another section after “the queen,” simply because of the sort-of description on the back of the book. But, I flipped the page and there was “you.” I loved “you.” It is probably my favorite part of the whole collection. It’s going to be that part I’ll turn to when I need a reminder about the good things in life or some motivation. Some of it is about being a writer—which I find very relatable—but it’s also just about being a women, being confident, loving yourself, and being whoever you want to be. I loved it. It was beautiful both writing and content wise. I wish it was longer.
Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments!