I’m making pretty fantastic progress on my resolution to read more poetry in 2020–the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by Amanda Lovelace is my third so far this year–but unfortunately I haven’t adored any of the collections so far. This book is the third in the “Women Are Some Kind of Magic” series which pulls in magical elements with confessional style poetry about the demons that Lovelace has tackled in her life. In the past, I have really appreciated that blend of magic and brutal honesty, but unfortunately I just found the mermaid’s voice returns in this one lacking when it came to the actual poetry. It often felt more like line breaks in sentences, and while the emotion was strong, the imagery didn’t leave me with much emotion.
There are a handful of poems in the collection by other contributors, which is an interesting choice, and in fact one of my very favourites, if not my favourite, poem in the book is not by Lovelace at all, but by Clementine Von Radics (who I do love). Overall, I loved the message and the intent behind the mermaid’s voice returns in this one , but not the words themselves. I do already have another couple books by Lovelace, so I will be giving her poetry another try, and hope to fall back in love next time.