Title: Flower Crowns And Fearsome Things
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Non Fiction, Poetry
First published: October 5th 2021
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Finished reading: August 20th 2021
Pages: 176

“i’ve learned that not everyone is worthy of a redemption arc.

– make sure they know consequences are real.

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I’ve enjoyed Amanda Lovelace‘s poetry in the past, so deciding whether to read her newest poetry bundle was easy. There is just something about her poems that makes them very easy to recognize, and while it’s true that the structure of the poems itself is quite simplistic and basically mostly seems like hitting the space bar every few words, I personally don’t mind at all. Why? I think that this simple style only helps enhancing the power of the words and the message behind the poems; it focuses on the meaning of what is said instead of just how the words are framed. Flower Crowns And Fearsome Things has a slightly different feel as the focus is more on femininity and the duality between a softer and fierce side. Using stunning illustrations, this bundle switches between ‘wildflower’ poems and poems that set the flowers (and world) on fire; representing both sides and giving a chance for both more gentle and more feminist representations to be in the spotlight. Light and dark are both represented, and heavier topics including abuse, cheating, trauma and body image are incorporated into this bundle. Once again, Amanda Lovelace writes without fear and isn’t afraid to incorporate personal experiences into her poems… This only gives the poetry more power and I admire her courage for being able to do this. Flower Crowns And Fearsome Things is both empowering and healing; it is not the style, but the words and emotions behind those words that once again help turning this bundle into a success for me. Another bonus: the absolutely gorgeous illustrations are not only a pleasure to the eye, but they also fit the message of this bundle really well.

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