About a few months ago at my old job I'd find myself going over to the book section and always stare at one in particular, but never actually buy it. Well, almost a week ago I decided to change my old habit and welcomed it to my many other stacks of books scattered around my room. You could say it's made itself at home. Titled, "The Princess Saves Herself In This One," Amanda Lovelace writes poetry about some pretty heavy topics ranging from bullying, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual assault to alcoholism, trauma, death and suicide. To say some of them hit home for me would be an understatement. In fact, when I had gotten to one of them in the book, I completely broke down.
If you're like me, sometimes you'll tend to keep your thoughts and feeling to yourself instead of voicing them to others. You wouldn't necessarily go out of your way to open up to people and it can be hard for you to even do at all. We prefer to keep what's on our minds to ourselves and deal with our struggles on our own. That's why I'm thankful for poetry and books like this. Because sometimes it takes flipping through the pages of a poetry book and stumbling across a short poem that nails exactly how you're feeling in that moment to make you not feel so alone. So, to those who still find themselves struggling--myself included--here are 24 poems from "The Princess Saves Herself In This One" to help get you through.
I hope some of these were able to help you like they did for me. And if you haven't grabbed hold of this book yet, please do. You won't be disappointed.