to drink coffee with a ghost (things that h(a)unt #2) by amanda lovelace

This is going to be a far more personal review than I ever thought I would be comfortable sharing, but here we are. This poetry collection hit me right in the feels and I shed many a tear while reading it. There is something about Lovelace’s poetry which resonates with me and I need to have a shelf dedicated to her work.

Just as I needed the mermaid’s voice returns in this one, I needed to drink coffee with a ghost. “What happens when someone dies before they’re able to redeem themselves?” is the main question that Lovelace investigates with to drink coffee with a ghost. I think it’s safe to say that we are all haunted by some parts of our past: people who caused intense and lasting hurt or events which changed us forever.

“lately, it seems like everywhere i look, i find daughters haunted by something their mothers did to them. we tell each other we would raise our daughters differently. we would do this while wondering if our mothers made the same promises to themselves.
– ghost-mother”

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