Two Poems

I wrote two poems recently, and thought I’d share them here. Enjoy!

“Modern Poetry”

I’ve never cared for modern poetry.
The rhythm, the rhyme scheme, the entire thing,
Wrapped in a pretentious coating of description.
Set to music the whole thing changes,
Shifting into a new creation.
The story no longer tied to ground
Free to soar and float up to the sky.
But poetry is different
Speaking the words alone,
Trying to sound deep,
Filling a void that words cannot change,
That words cannot fill.
Music, it is said, speaks when words are not enough.
When words leave us behind
Music speaks, steps up.
Alone, this is a poem, pretentious word vomit.
A frantic attempt to fill the void.
Poetry can be epic,
Poetry can be beautiful,
But it can be trite,
Full of ways to wear a mask.
Either to hide pain or add more to a life.
Filling pages with “deep thoughts.”
Step back, hum a tune,
Allow the music to wash over you,
To fill your heart, to calm your soul.
I’ve never cared for modern poetry,
Unless it’s set to music.

“Thought Spirals”

Thought spirals, intrusive thoughts, panic attacks.
The world spins, faster faster faster, no chance to breathe.
Full of fear, scared of shadows, jumping at twigs.
And thoughts spin spin spin.
Spinning on as I struggle to keep up.
Another thought pushes in, breaking the chain.
Pausing the spin, freezing the spiral long enough to breath.
Long enough to remember
The thing that helps most.
Falling to my knees,
Looking up, crying out,
Breathing deep, the spirals done for now.
Soon, it begins again.
And always ends the same way.
With me on my knees.

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Book Review: the witch doesn’t burn in this one, A Spellbinding Sequel

So, I’ve been gone for a while. Hello! Sorry about that… Teaching really takes up a lot of my time. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but between teaching and freelance writing, there’s not a ton of time. Despite that, I have a few novels that will be published by the end of the summer, which is exciting 🙂

In the meantime, I’ve been reading a lot. I read the poetry collections of Amanda Lovelace, and loved them, so I wrote a review of each. One can be found on The Silver Petticoat Review, and the other is here. Enjoy!

“After I read the princess saves herself in this one, I had to read Amanda Lovelace’s second collection of poetry. This collection, the witch doesn’t burn in this one, is the second in the “women are some kind of magic” series. This collection of poetry pays homage to Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire. It follows the basic idea that women are magical and are more powerful than we think we are.

The Poetry

Looking at the poems in the witch doesn’t burn in this one, the majority were related to the issues that women can face in today’s world. The poetry looks at the battles fought in the princess saves herself in this one, and then asks the question, why? Why are these things that women are having to fight? How can we hold each other up and work together to fight a system that is, for some many women, broken?

Unlike the princess saves herself in this one, the witch doesn’t burn in this one deals with topics of social justice and politics, particularly as they relate to women. There are some radical ideas in here, and some that should not be as radical as they seem. One thing that struck me particularly was the idea that women should not apologize as much as we do.

The other thing that struck with me was that it’s okay to be a witch queen. These are the women who are done taking whatever life throws at them. They are fighting back, and holding each other up. I think the use of witch is because the witches in fairy tales tend to have more agency than the other female characters do.

Like the other book in the series, the witch doesn’t burn in this one does not shy away from examining the tough things in life. It is unabashedly honest in places but can be full of hope and celebration. There are also poems inspired by great artists, from Christina Rossetti to Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Final Thoughts

Like the princess saves herself in this one, the witch doesn’t burn in this one is a collection of poems that takes the ideas of fairy tales and turns them on their heads. Like in many fairy tales, the queens become the witches. But in this collection, the witches are banding together to fight against a system that is always trying to cut them down.

In a lot of ways, this is more of a celebration of women in general. It’s a way for one women to not only continue her voyage of discovery, but to encourage other women on their own journeys. Like the other things I’ve read by Amanda Lovelace, I find this beautiful.

Content Note: This collection deals frankly with a wide variety of topics including but not limited to, child abuse, partner abuse, sexual assault, self-harm, death, suicide, grief, cancer, murder, violence, and eating disorders. There are also quite a few swear words. This book also deals with more political poems than the princess saves herself in this one did.

Where to Read: the witch doesn’t burn in this one is available as a paperback book, a Kindle book, and an audiobook.

Have you read the witch doesn’t burn in this one? How did you feel about it? Let me know in the comments!