Daughters, Here | Daughters, Gone (Signed, Incl., shipping)
Uttered Chaos Press
Daughters, Here | Daughters, Gone is not about loss but self-determination. It is a father’s prayer for his daughters, and daughters everywhere, as they remake the world in their vision.
Scot Siegel’s Daughters, Here | Daughters, Gone provides a rare and lovely poetic conversation between parent and child, family and world. Whether it’s the literal conversation between daughter and father or the metaphorical discourse between the poet and the skewed politics of the day, these poems rich in setting and scene are timely, topical, and tense. Revel in that tension, for it is surprising and fresh — and, like children and the world beyond our struggles, true and full of joy.
~Simmons Buntin, Publisher, Terrain.org
In this moving and incisive journey of fatherhood, the deep bond Scot Siegel cultivates between himself and his daughters is wrought with concision and a skillful employment of figurative language. A father’s wisdom runs throughout, passed down by heart, not weighty polemics. Sometimes this wisdom is in parables, his daughters warned “The terrain is difficult…the light is running out” while assuring them “The country of the heart / Has no border—” Through such telling and strong lines, Siegel’s daughters know he “…will always be the one / Whose shoulders you climbed / For a better view of the parade.” Siegel’s poems are luminous with grace, with love’s crucial endurance, making Daughters, Here | Daughters, Gone a celebratory work of strength and compassion.
— Jeffrey Alfier, Founder, Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review