Title: A Psalm For Us
Author: Reyna Biddy
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
A Psalm For Us was my second attempt reading poetry in a row. My first was The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace, and it was a quick, powerful read. I’ve always been fascinated by poetry but I’ve rarely tried it, which is why I wanted to branch out.
I didn’t dislike this, just like I didn’t dislike TWDBITO. It just wasn’t something I was in the mindset to read right now.
This had some heavy elements to it, content ranging from depression to love and then to heartbreak again, all things I’ve experienced and can connect with. I think this would have made a world of difference to me if I had read it a year or two ago when I was struggling and hurting. There’s something about reading about other’s pain that can be healing in itself, if that’s not weird to say. A Psalm For Us was poignant and beautiful but not at all what I needed to read right now.
Don’t let that pastel, cutesy cover fool you; if you open this book, you’ll face some rough seas. However, I think all in all, it was also a rewarding read, and anyone who has experienced hurt in any form could relate to this collection of poetry.
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
My Rating: 2/5 stars
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One is a collection of poetry and a sort of sequel to The Princess Saves Herself in This One. Before I get into this review, I should note that I haven’t read the first in this series of poetry books. Fortunately, though, I don’t think that it matters too terribly much what order you read these in.
I have never been a reader of poetry. I used to write poems years ago, but there was never much rhyme or reason to them. No snapping fingers or banging bongo drums accompanied my work. My knowledge of poetry is very limited sadly.
That being said, I was excited to read this, and I felt that all of the poems in this collection were done well. Objectively, I can tell you that this was a good piece of literature, but I’m not the person to appreciate it. I wasn’t aware of the subject material before going into this, and I found that I didn’t relate to the content.
That definitely does not mean this was poorly done, or someone else won’t find things to love or hurt over in The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One. This was obviously written to empower women and as a letter against rape culture, which I’m on board with completely. Sadly though, I felt there was much generalization about men and how terrible and awful they are, which I don’t agree with.
That’s not to say there aren’t horribly crappy men out there. There are also horribly crappy women. Our world is inherently evil, so there are massive amounts of horribly crappy people in the world. So I think there are plenty of ways to empower women without spitting fire and hatred. Speak out against the rapists and the pedophiles and the creeps. Fight to make sure they get their just desserts. But try to do so without stomping on the men who don’t deserve it.
I think men and women alike will find many things to love about what Lovelace has to say, and she should be applauded for writing such a deeply personal and powerful piece. Just because I couldn’t connect with it doesn’t mean many others won’t.
I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.