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There Are Girls like Lions

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  72 reviews
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 st ...more
Hardcover, 99 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Chronicle Books
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was so happy to have the chance to read a collection of poems about the experience of being a woman. Unfortunately this collection did disappoint me. To me it felt like the poems were just thrown in there without really having a real thread amongst them.
The illustrations were really nice.
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
I have to admit that I don't really have much to say about this collection of poetry. I thought I was going to love it (actually, I thought this was going to be the one I would love the most of these three here), but it somehow couldn't reach me. There were good and less good poems in it, none of them really bad, honestly - but there were none that left a lingering impression or thoughts to think about later... and that would be the point of poetry, right? I don't say it's the poems, it might be ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Not going to finish it. This started off as well-imagined, but overall it was just bland, felt repetitive and too reminiscent of all the similar books I've read over the years - not at all original in its premise or in the choice of 'poetry' (some of it felt like random Wattpad entries).

Nothing to make this one stand out, sadly. A few good authors (e.g. Margaret Atwood), but overall none that leave some kind of a lasting impression. Also, I thought that the thread connecting the poems would be
Arybo ✨
2.75 💫

It was a long time since I read a poetry book and this one helps me to return to this beautiful world of words and imagery. I didnt't understand all the poems, just because I'm from a different backround than that of the authors, maybe, but I understand their powers. The poetry the book is named from is really powerful and intense. and I totally recommend it. I love images created with words and if they have a positive thought behind is even better. There were some poems from the past, lik
Renee (The B-Roll)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would 100% recommend this for anyone to read, especially women.  The foreword to this book, written by a contributing poet, is a very intriguing and powerful short piece.  It discusses, loosely, some of the feminism movements in the United States and how they have had an affect on the lives of women as they were happening, as well as today.  Sometimes, it is just nice to read about the power of women to reacquaint oneself with the power we hold.  Many of the poems collected in this book do jus ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, netgalley, poetry
I quite liked this collection of poems about women by women. Of course I liked some poems more than others but that is to be expected with poems varying one from another so much. Some of them were really inspiring and I really enjoyed them. It is a highly emotional and impacting read, and I am certain that many of these poems will resonate with a great many people. But overall I wanted to like this book of poems a bit more than I actually did. For me, it wasn't anything amazing and I didn't exac ...more
Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to read this at first, but this was a bit of a disappointment it just seemed like they chose random poems to put in there. I wish they flowed together better then they did. I had high hopes for this. I did enjoy the illustrations though. I gave this a two out of five stars.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this small collection of poems by women - from ancient Sappho to modern-day Warsan Shire - about being women. The accompanying artwork was gorgeous. My one complaint: it's too short! There are way more women poets and poems that deserve to shine alongside these gems!

*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Ana Paula
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I was very excited for this book. The title, covers and premise was great however, while I liked the book and even felt kinship with a portion of the poems selected, it didn’t resonate at the expected level. I felt underwhelmed by this book when I was expecting to be in awe.
I’ll be honest and say that I’m not the biggest poetry fan but I do like reading this type of writing and this collection has some good ones but that’s it.
I would recommend it to women that really like reading but it’s not
Rebecca L.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful collection is designed for those who can appreciate the art poetry in all of its manifestations.

These poems are deep and complex. I was delighted to see some of my old favorites such as Mary Oliver, Margaret Atwood, and Emily Dickinson alongside other female poets who were new to me.

The collection begins with a fascinating essay that traces the the roots of feminism. Although I already knew a great deal of the information, the essay in and of itself was poetic and perfectly set
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
An ARC ebook copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really round book, carefully crafted. I was delighted reading the introduction - seeing in the real world all the feminist theories I am currently studying at uni - and I really enjoyed reading the poems. I was particularly excited to be reading poems by certain writers like Margaret Atwood, Gertrude Stein and Sandra Cisneros because I already had heard of them, although later it
Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)
Thank you NetGalley for the free copy!

I must admit I only picked this poem collection because there is one by Margaret Atwood. I liked her poem, but I was positively surprised by a handful of other poems. I think my favourite was "Demeter's Cuttings" by Kimiko Hahn.

These poems speak about our experiences as women, what we live on a day to day basis and how we deal with it. We are far from living in a equal world, but I am confident we will get there eventually. Little by little we are adding bat
Jul 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
I'm SO disappointed right now. This if the first one-star this year. I was really excited to read poems about women but ugh, what were these poems? I tried so hard to get the gist of any one of them but nothing, nothing, impressed me. Not even a single poem. And this rarely happens for poetry collections because I always resonate with something, like anything that even faintly calls to me. But this collection didn't give me anything. Won't recommend it unless you want to take a risk. Oh, and if ...more
Lois (thecarrotstories)
Disappointingly not my kind of read~

I’m not sure if I was too shallow to understand the poems or if it was because the poems didn’t really make much sense to me. I did not enjoy it that much although I did find some parts that I could relate to.

It was not a negative experience but I did not truly enjoy it too. Even so, I must give praise to the beautiful illustrations. They definitely captured women uniquely.

I got a copy of this book to review from Chronicle Books through NetGalley.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great little compilation. I really enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised that most of the poems I had not come across previously. Highly recommend for all women.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Beautiful illustrations and design, but the book itself was so short... I can't put my finger on why, but this collection felt like a quite homogeneous look at "being a woman" to me 😐
Dora Okeyo
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful collection on women.
If all else fails and I'm at a loss in giving the appropriate recommendation, dear reader, please read 'Demeter's Cuttings' by Kimiko Hahn in this collection. I promise you, you will be moved.
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of poetry but when I saw There are Girls Like Lions on Netgalley, I loved the cover and the title and I
decided to step outside my wheelhouse and try it. The collection covers many different styles and eras from the ancient Greek poet, Sappho to present day. For the most part, I enjoyed this collection although perhaps because I do not normally read poetry, I admit that some of the poems seemed incomprehensible to me and, to be honest, I liked the illustrations and the forward
Kirsten Tattersall
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, poetry, read-in-2018
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Here are girls who'll play tug o' war
with your heart or your wishbone
Or your throat, oh."

The foreword is an insightful piece on feminism through the years, and I'd recommend reading it. The artwork in this books was so good that it made adobe digital editions crash multiple times.

I love the sheer variety of authors and subjects within this collection. There wasn't really any connection between the poems other than th
Helen Dearns
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
A few poems were moving/ provoking but otherwise I was disappointed but then poetry is hugely subjective so it was always going to be a risk. A beautiful copy; loved the illustrations. Think I missed the point of some of them but I did have a some idea of how they made me feel if that makes sense. For me, if I have to read a poem twenty times for its meaning to become obvious then it becomes more of an academic chore than an enjoyable experience.
Karin de Oliveira
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
“There are girls like lions” is the kind of book that when you want to talk about, you don’t know how to start. And this happens not because its reading blows my mind, not even it’s a reading that exceed my expectations. But because it was a reading totally different than I thought it would be. And this is not a bad thing.

“There are girls like lions” is an anthology with 30 poems and texts of the most varied writers. The idea is a book about women and empowerment and their relation with society.
Sidra  Imam
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The poems individually were wonderful to read. They spoke to both the overarching oppressions women face & themes of female empowerment. I loved the stylistic & thematic diversity that each of the poets presented. The foreword was great as well; however, when discussing the historical development of feminism, Cole Swenson kept to the conventional Eurocentric narrative. At the same time, I can see why many of my fellow reviewers has critiques about this collection. This book could stand to be org ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The 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. 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 woma
Angie Feliz
I don’t even know how to rate this one; it was disappointing. I thought I was going to love this collection. However, I was quickly disappointed. To begin, the foreword left me a little confused and the poems were not very cohesive. I was very intrigued at the beginning when I read the first poem, but in total, I think I only enjoyed three poems. They were not tied in together like a collection should be and it felt like they had no common purpose.

As I said, I enjoyed some of the poems, those th
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
3/5 stars

I don’t know how to properly rate poetry because I don’t read enough of it, plus this is a compilation of various poets and I don’t think it’s fair to any of them to skew my rating based on one poem that I loved or got nothing out of. I think some of the selected poems struck truer to the theme of the collection (being a woman) than others, but I can also respect that being a woman means many things to many different people and the works that didn’t touch me may deeply resonate with ano
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is GORGEOUS. Like, literally, Karolin Schnoor's illustrations are breathtaking. If it wasn't a sin to cut pages from books, I'd cut them out and hang them around my house.

The poems selected for this collection really did provide a wide array of examples of how female authors have utilized poetry as a means of self-exploration and statements on equality/feminism. There were old faves, like Sandra Cisneros' "Loose Woman" (which really HAS to be read aloud), and a new fave I'd never read
Anne Oftedahl
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really like the concept, and the artwork was really nice, but I only actually liked 5 of the 28 poems (my favourite being "There Are Girls like Lions")
That's not to say the other poems were bad, they just weren't really for me.
One thing to consider is to not put a full-page artwork in the middle of a poem, as this confused me a few times.
All in all, this was okay, but not really great
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Thanks to the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have been lax on reading poetry so I jumped at the chance to read a collection of just women poets since the majority of the poetry I've read has been by the "classic" male poets. I really enjoyed this collection and made note of certain poets I want to search out more of. I would recommend this collection to anyone looking to add more poetry to their reading lives or who want to broaden the type of poet
Hannah Bergstrom de Leon
I loved the premise of this little anthology of poems, but as often happens with poems, some resonated and others left me cold.

I'm glad I have this book in my poetry collection though because I imagine the next time I read it, different poems will resonate then the ones that did this time around. It's one of the many things I love about poetry. I am also glad to have this little book as it has introduced me to a few poets I hope to read more of such as Nikki Giovanni, Rae Armantrout and Sandra
Jacqueline Francis
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely collection of poems that can appeal to women of any age, especially in our current society. It details the hardships and happiness, as well as so much more. It is a great collection that many would find joy in. Note that many of these poems are very abstract. If you are looking for something that is clearcut and easily understood, this may not be for you.

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Cole Swensen (b. 1955— ) in Kentfield near San Francisco, Swensen was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and is the author of over ten poetry collections and as many translations of works from the French. A translator, editor, copywriter, and teacher, she received her B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa ...more

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