There Are Girls Like Lions – ARC Review

Synopsis – Goodreads
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.

This e-Advanced Readers Copy was provided by Chronicle Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC will not affect my review nor my rating.

Poetry is not usually one of my go-to genres. However, I found the premise for this collection of poems intriguing and jumped at the chance to read it. Below, I have given each poem a star rating. Following that, I will give my overall rating and review of the collection.

Here are Girls Like Lions by Elizabeth Hewer – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Deathless Aphrodite of the Spangled Mind by Sappho – ⭐️⭐️

Atalanta in Arcadia by Barabara Guest – ⭐️⭐️

Siren Song by Margaret Atwood – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.8

I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed by Edna St. Vincent Millay – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Annunciation by Cole Swensen – ⭐️⭐️

Demeter’s Cuttings by Kimiko Hahn – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Appetite by Tracy K. Smith – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Son by Mary Oliver – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Daughter by Gertrude Stein – ⭐️⭐️

Obedience, or The Lying Tale by Jennifer Chang – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Questions for Miriam by Warsan Shire – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

To Stacey, As You Were by Eve Ewing – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Girlfriend by C.D. Wright – ⭐️⭐️

Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Except for Being, It was Relatively Painless by Mary Jo Bang – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Apocalypse by Emily Dickinson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Heart of a Woman by Georgia Douglas Johnson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Housekeeping by Natasha Tretheway – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sewing, Knitting Crocheting by Naomi Shihab Nye – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Autography 8 by Rachel Zucker – ⭐️⭐️

Great-Grandmother by Jean Valentine – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Life’s Work by Rae Armantrout – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Certainty by Sandra Lim – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Plaint of Complexity by Eunice Tietjens – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

19 (A Girl Sleeps As If) by Vera Pavlova – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Body Clock (Excerpt) by Eleni Sikelianos – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ego Tripping (There Maybe a Reason Why) by Nikki Giovanni – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall, I found this collection to be a mixture of compelling works and very mediocre or confusing writing. I do feel that these poems stuck to the theme of the celebration of womanhood and empowering women. However, there were quite a few poems, that for me missed the mark. I would’ve loved to give a majority of these poems higher ratings. Unfortunately, about three poems received 5 stars and genuinely made an impact on the expression, struggles, plight, and uniqueness of womanhood. I recommend reading: (1) Appetite by Tracy K. Smith (2) Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros (3)A Plaint of Complexity by Eunice Tietjens & (4) Ego Tripping (There Maybe a Reason Why) by Nikki Giovanni.

Overall rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️.25 stars

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Publication Date: March 5, 2019

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