This review is spoiler free.
“You are sad now, you are not sad forever.”
Series: Women Are Some Kind of Magic
Published: 2019, by Andrew McMeel Publishing.
Genre: Poetry, Feminism, Nonfiction, Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health, Health, Womens, Mythology, Mermaids
Contains: Child Abuse, Violence, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault, Self-Harm, Eating Disorders, Alcohol, Suicide, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Trauma, Death, Fire
‘The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One’ is the finale in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic trilogy, where Amanda Lovelace pours her heart and soul onto a piece of paper and publishes it for your own personal pleasure. The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Amanda Lovelace weaves through this empowering collection of poetry.
As anyone who’s been following this blog for a while would know, and for those who know me outside of the bloggersphere would know, I adore Amanda Lovelace and her work. She’s an exceptional poet, and this anthology is no exception.
‘The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One’ is a beautiful collection, and a wonderful way of ending the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series. There is themes on all sorts of topics, from lost love to recovery, and they’re each as inspirational as the last. Lovelace puts her honest heart and soul into each poem, dishing out all sorts of remedies and inspiration to those reading along while managing to make you feel empowered and full; you’re not alone whilst reading this collection, Lovelace is supporting you by holding your hand.
Each poem is raw and heartbreaking, following along with the themes from the last few anthologies in the collection, but this one included a section entitled ‘the surviving’ highlighting Lovelace’s recovery alongside other poets. It was a beautiful collaborative effort and really made my heart beat a little faster whilst reading. I simply couldn’t put this book down.
Overall, I deeply enjoyed this collection. Lovelace continues to be the most aesthetically pleasing poet of our generation and I can’t wait to delve into her future works.