Mini Reviews: Spring Poetry Releases

Posted March 1, 2018 by Madalyn || 4 Comments

Hello, lovely readers! Welcome to another edition of mini reviews. I was lucky enough to read ARCs of two lovely (but very different) poetry books coming out this spring, and that’s what we’ll be discussing today! Let’s get into the reviews.

Mini Reviews: Spring Poetry Releasesthe witch doesn't burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on March 6th 2018
Pages: 208
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley

2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one — the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series. 


The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one. 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I loved Lovelace’s debut collection, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, so I had high hopes for this sequel of sorts. While I do think WITCH makes a great companion to PRINCESS, I found myself zoning out and skimming some of the poems in this collection at times because the content felt so repetitive. Every poem read very much the same to the previous one. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One focuses almost exclusively on women and the historical and current oppression they face, which I appreciated, but I do think this could have been more concise. I will say, I love how unapologetic Lovelace is in this collection. The anger and fear and frustration I think all women feel really comes through in her words here. However, a major concern of mine revolves around the fact that this collection definitely centers the experiences of cisgender, white women. Lovelace did attempt to acknowledge her privilege and to include trans women and nonbinary folks, but these efforts felt a little bit halfhearted. I think it definitely could have been a bit more inclusive and addressed interlocking oppressions. Maybe the conclusion from this is that we just… don’t need white women being the predominant voices in feminism anymore.  Anyway, I digress. If you are a women of color, just know that this collection is told through a white lens. Overall, though, I think this is worth the read if you enjoyed PRINCESS, or if you need some unapologetic feminism in your life.

 Mini Reviews: Spring Poetry ReleasesFor Every One by Jason Reynolds
Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books on April 10th 2018
Pages: 112
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.

A pitch perfect graduation, baby, or love my kid gift.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This poem/letter came along at exactly the time I needed to read it. I had been through a rough few weeks, and this was just… everything I needed to keep me going. (Once again, Jason Reynolds saves the day.) But seriously, this was a fantastic poem I think everyone would benefit from reading. Reynolds’s poetry is so measured and thoughtful. His language has a way of evoking real emotions. By the second “chapter,” I was crying uncontrollably because these words hit me so close to home. For Every One is a love letter to dreamers of all ages, the kind of book you hold tight and return to when things look bleak. The overriding theme is: keep going. keep going. keep going. I can’t wait to buy this for all of my friends as graduation gifts this year. Seriously, this one is a must-read.

Have you read either of these, or do you plan to read them? What upcoming poetry releases are you excited about?

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4 responses to “Mini Reviews: Spring Poetry Releases

  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy BookBlog

    I just bought The Princess earlier this year and am excited to get to it. I hope to enjoy it and pick up The Witch too. Great review!

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