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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Wonder Woman in Disguise by Melanie Lambert is a collection of deep, drawn from within poetry that served in the healing and resurrection of the poet herself after the passing of her mother, who was a poet as well. The book is separated into five segments: Sucked Down the Whirlpool, Heal Thyself, Loss is A Pain, Braving Romance, and Magical Wonder. There are 74 pages filled with gut-wrenching sadness, finding value within, and facing elements of a past that can hold one back. The main style that the poet follows is that of rhyme, but there are a handful of free verse poems. The poems within are juxtaposed and offset with artistic drawings and photographs that Melanie Lambert has created herself.
Melanie Lambert’s Wonder Woman in Disguise struck me in a very consuming way. I have never read a collection of poetry that came on the heels of a significant death in that individual's life. It made everything I read more real than most poems I tend to read because you are being told upfront that the passing occurred and these poems followed after. You don’t have to sit and wonder what transpired to give rise to these soul bearing words. I thought the particular letters to the Reaper and Joy, as well as others as though they were solid and physical entities, were truly mind-opening. It made me lean back and reflect on what I might say to those “people” in my own life. It is my belief that Melanie Lambert’s Wonder Woman in Disguise should be shared with as many people as possible. It’s one for the shelf or screen-sized library.