ARC Review: There Are Girls Like Lions

tagll.pngThere Are Girls Like Lions, foreword by Cole Swensen
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Poetry
Format: eARC
Pages: 99
Source: NetGalley
Date Read: February 9, 2019
Grade: C+
Synopsis: For mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, partners, and friends, here are 30 stirring poems about the experience of being a woman. Rousing and empowering, There Are Girls like Lions is a celebration of womanhood in all its dimensions, including love, beauty, friendship, motherhood, work, aging, and much more. Packaged in an attractive case with foil stamping and featuring striking illustrations in metallic ink throughout, this powerful collection will resonate as a gift for any modern woman. (from Goodreads)


tagllWhile a handful of the poems in this collection struck me in particular, most of them are sadly forgettable. This is not the only collection of its kind; it reminds me of ‘Furies: An Anthology of Women Warriors,’ edited by Eve Lacey, which I read back in 2017, but that is not a criticism of the book. In fact, I wish there were even more collections like them since they all dig into femininity, feminism, and womanhood in ways with which I am able to connect. I think that any time you have a collection of poems, especially by different poets, some will stick with you more than others. The poems I found particularly good were by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Kimiko Hahn, Tracy K. Smith, Mary Oliver, Sandra Cisneros (hers was my favorite), Emily Dickinson, and Vera Pavlova.

The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Favorite Poems:

  • “I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed,” Edna St. Vincent Millay (28)
  • “Demeter’s Cuttings,” Kimiko Hahn (30-35)
  • “Appetite,” Tracy K. Smith (37-38)
  • “The Son,” Mary Oliver (39-40)
  • “Loose Woman,” Sandra Cisneros (53-56)
  • “Apocalypse,” (58)
  • “19 (A Girl Sleeps As If),” Vera Pavlova (81)

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