break your glass slippers
more midnight dances with yourself."
amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.
In this compilation, lovelace alternates back and forth between the speaker’s experience and what the wiser, fairy godmother says as a response. In a later section, the speaker realizes that the knowledge the fairy godmother shares is already within her, which means she’s her own fairy godmother. As the speaker comes into this revelation, the fairy godmother’s section disappears, no longer separate from the speaker’s as they are one in the same. By the end, the speaker not only reclaims her intuition and intelligence, but she also recognizes that she’s her own fairytale, or in other words, her own happy ending.
The structure of this collection is smart and truly unique. While many other contemporary poets write on similar topics, lovelace has found a way to make herself standout. I love how she incorporates the mythic elements of our childhood and uses them to facilitate a coming-of-age journey. The speaker’s experience is one that is relatable and equally encouraging. It’s also a quick read.
With that being said, those who are looking for poetry that has strong imagery, fanciful language, and clever metaphors may be disappointed by lovelace. Of all the contemporary poets that I have read, lovelace’s short pieces are the closest to prose that I have found. Instead of her words being masterfully artistic, her words, instead, are presented in a structurally artistic way. Both kinds of poems are equally valid and have merit, and this serves as further proof that lovelace is forging her own way, and perhaps, even redefining what poetry is.