The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Contemporary Poetry/Prose Poetry
Poetry in the style of Rupi Kuar and company is always a bit hit or miss for me. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One could have been a hit, but ended up being a miss, sadly enough.
There were a lot of almost poignant ideas that just weren’t filled out enough for me. I liked the overarching timeline of trial and fire that she uses to organise and frame her short poems but I wish that she had developed the ideas more. Some poems were too short and unsubstantiated to be anything other than sentences. Most of the time, I felt that the last line really detracted from the overall power of the poem (with a few notable exceptions “i owe myself some things too”).
Of the three sections, I would say that “the burning” was definitely the most well-developed. I wish all three sections had been more like this one.
The thing about commercial poetry like this is that it’s incredible necessary and important to hear for someone somewhere out there who is reading it. And that’s how it derives its significance. I have an immense respect for the message being sent, however, I would have great difficulty comparing the symbolism or structural significance of her poems to those of other poets. Freely structured prose poetry can be impactful when done right, but something was just missing here.
Overall, a fun quick read. I got this off the shelf of free books in my office and I will probably put it back for the next person to enjoy. I may read the others in this series of anthologies (would check out from a library and not buy).