Book Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Published: 2018
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Source: Library
Date Read: January 17, 2019
Grade: B+
Synopsis: The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.


I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first, but it’s still very worth the read and I teared up a few times. In it you’ll find poems that will anger you, poems that will depress you, and poems that will inspire you — sometimes all in one.

Favorite Poems:

  • “women are libraries about to burst” (38)
  • “they wanted us weak but forced us to be strong” (39)
  • “expectations vs. reality” (56-57)
  • “from the grimoire of the green witch” (91)
  • “you don’t teach, they don’t learn.” (122)
  • “the crooked king” (170)
  • “as always, the women save themselves in this one” (182)

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