Jack B. Bedell, Poet Laureate, State of Louisiana, 2017-2019, author of No Brother, This Storm
Alexander carefully mines her nearly mystical youth filled with spectres and sanctuaries, prayers and paths through frozen woods for just those intimate details that make her writing both swift and sparse and yet relatable and evocative of some universal coming of age we all experience surrounded by people and places demanding some kind of magic to fully understand...Kettle Daughter feels like a grand campfire tale, an emotional epic of the heart spoken in small whispers like embers dancing with a crackling flame.
Jeffrey Roedel, Co-Founder and Editorial Director for Wonder South: Journal & Dry Goods
The Legend of the Kettle Daughter is an intriguing and intimate journey that boldly explores the powerful bonds between mothers and daughters.
Desiree Sanchez, Artistic Director, Aquila Theatre
In The Legend of the Kettle Daughter, Amy Alexander creates a delightful song using the magical language of poetry and lively images of art. She skillfully gathers, binds, and twists together what is vibrant with what is transformative— managing to illuminate a heartfelt path of lived experience in page after beautiful page.
Robin Toler, artist, author of Get Real: From Storytelling to Authenticity
Here, in Amy Alexander’s Legend of the Kettle Daughter, we glimpse a personal mythology, peek into a snow-globe universe, and meditate on the elements of filiation. There is a blurring of boundaries between the illustrations and the poetry—just as the blurring of memories passed from mother to daughter. There is “a country inside” this volume, a landscape and a canvas for reading, ruminating, and stitching together a narrative of bold archetypal colors in shapes that tease our primitive instincts for pattern recognition. We know these lakes, these are our people, and we have been here before. Each poem is a touchpoint in an expansive consciousness that shares a little of its intimacy without erasing or masking the open heart of the author.
Let 'your ear drums catch the song' of these heartfelt poems in the beautifully illustrated The Legend of the Kettle Daughter. Amy Alexander brings the reader simultaneously into the personal and the mythic with these pieces that find magic in ordinary things like “breath on glass” and “collected lipsticks.” With gorgeous language and evocative imagery, she moves from places interior and exterior. A whole life rises and falls in these pages.
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