Book Notes: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic, #2)

This volume starts with a “trigger warning”, and touches on some tough themes (sexual abuse, gender violence, eating disorders and more). Be aware of this if you decide to read it. As the trigger warning says, practice self-care before, during and after reading this book".

There is a lot of (justified) rage in these poems, especially in the first part. Often poems make use of typographical elements, in addition to the words themselves, which I greatly enjoyed.

My favorite part of the book is the last section, titled “the ashes”. It contains some of the more hopeful and uplifting pieces in the book. One gem:

this war ends
at last,

follow me
back out

quiet of the

with your
tired palms

scoop up
a pile of the

mourn it as it
falls through
your fingers,

& then
keep going.
there’s much work to do.


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