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Kettle Bottom review ´ 0 · ☃ [PDF / Epub] ☂ Kettle Bottom By Diane Gilliam Fisher ✑ – Based on the historical and social events of the West Virginia coal mine wars of 1920 1921 Kettle Bottom imagines the stories of miners their wives children sisters and mothers; of mountaineers Italia Based on the historical and sAck families These people organized for safe working conditions in opposition to the mine company owners and their agents Fisher listened closely and the result is a book of vivid rhythmic heartfelt poems tha. If you've ever wondered how to land a poem read Kettle Bottom This collection is spectacular and heart breaking and so real you choke on the coal dust The different narrative voices are uniue and authentic and powerful; Diane Gilliam Fisher takes us through the thoughts and the voices of everyone touched by coal from the children to the women waiting to a man lost in a mine after a cave in This is tragedy not rendered beautiful but so real you can't help but find the beauty in the fierce tragedy of lives degraded lives lost proud lives filled with struggle and ferocious love This is the voice of my home and I feel honored that it was so deftly handled and so carefully so artfully made accessible to those who are fighting to keep Blair Mountain un mined as well as to those who may never have stepped into the Appalachians or driven past the coal fields

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Based on the historical and social events of the West Virginia coal mine wars ofKettle Bottom imagines the stories of miners their wives children sisters and mothers of mountaineers Italian immigrants and Bl. Diane Gilliam Fisher’s Kettle Bottom offers a striking view of life in old coal country in the heart of Appalachia In this collection of poems history is woven together with stories to create a tapestry that is both heartbreaking and compelling to the reader Set during the West Virginia mine wars of the 1920s Kettle Bottom explores complex topics from racism to religious and gender roles to poverty and loss Diane Gilliam Fisher appeals to the reader’s sense of attachment by following a set of characters throughout the entire work; by the end of Kettle Bottom we are worried for “dearest” Hazel proud of the young and confident Pearlie Webb and grieving with Gertie In the poem “L’Inglesse” which is found at the beginning of the work we discover the meaning of the title We learn that a “della caldaia” is a petrified tree trunk which can weigh up to three hundred pounds When one drops through the roof of a mine it is called a kettle bottom The speaker of this poem wonders why such a deadly object has such a common name; she states “For such a thing I would not say ‘kettle bottom’ For such a thing I would say Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch’entrate ui” Translated from Italian this means something along the lines of “leave all hope when you come here” From the very beginning of Kettle Bottom Gilliam Fisher warns readers that they like the coal miners of West Virginia are entering a place of darkness and loss Throughout the work Gilliam Fisher explores genders roles in the mining community which included the effort that miners’ wives put into relationships that were generally cut too short because most men did not survive the mines for long In “Explosions at Winco No 9” the first poem of the collection Maude Stanley is so heartbroken by the loss of her husband that she gives her own name as his for the register of the dead Maude tells us “It is true that it is the men that goes in but it is us that carries the mine inside It is us that listens to what all they are scared of and takes the weight of it from them like handing off a sack of meal”Again later we see this feminine strength and this sense of ever present loss in the poem “Pink Hollyhocks” Here the speaker of the poem has recently lost her husband to the mines as well This series of mourning continues throughout the entire work husbands uncles fathers and infants are all buried in or on the mountain Kettle Bottom is a powerful and noteworthy book that brings many different issues to the table for discussion To me its poems that address gender roles and loss are the most interesting and moving in the collection Diane Gilliam Fisher’s Kettle Bottom is for you if you want to explore these themes and or if you want to explore the devastating world of Appalachia’s coal mines

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Kettle BottomT address a violent time with honesty levity and compassion Kettle Bottom is about how a community lived in the presence of constant danger and the choices the residents made These are people to look to today. “The darkness here is the darkof the blind the dark behindthe blind the purely unknown” Diane Gilliam Fisher “Journal of Catherine Terry” lines 18 20 From the first page of Diane Gilliam Fisher’s 'Kettle Bottom' readers will doubtlessly be captured by the subtle yet intricate poetic storytelling of true and devastating historical events The collection contains an array of characters all with compelling voices and memorable stories Each speaker uniuely shares his or her experiences living in a West Virginian mining town in the years 1920 and 1921 and through their experiences readers gain insight on the all encompassing effects of coal mining It explores not only the tragic fates of miners but also broadens the perspective and highlights the victimization of all who lived in the town Through its interconnected story lines and simple haunting prose 'Kettle Bottom' provides memorable and thought provoking details about oppressed and marginalized communities and keeps readers’ interests piued from start to finish Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Fisher’s collection is the attentiveness paid to each character and their indelible story arcs In a collection of this size one would expect readers to become lost in the intricate story lines but they are written so carefully and memorably that readers will become involved with even once mentioned characters and speakers It will open readers’ eyes about a topic that is seldom mentioned in history classes and offer a new perspective of Appalachian living The most constant theme throughout Kettle Bottom is the constant inescapable all encompassing darkness than inhabits both the coal mining community and its residents It gets on their hands their nicest clothes the law religion and and it embeds itself in the most precious pieces of family life One reoccurring character Catherine Terry has a series of journals about her time living in the mining town In one of her deeply heartfelt journal entries she states“Their gaze was the only spell they hadto conjure faces out of that dark; it pulledlike a rope on a well bucket it was a netflung out between a black sky and a black seadrawn back empty and flung again” “Journal of Catherine Terry” lines 31 35Through these troubled characters’ experiences and feelings readers become painfully aware of the dark stain that measles its way into what is most personal and sacred From Catherine Terry’s journals to the stained blankets in “Pink Hollyhocks” to the burned clothing in “Violet’s Wash” and the miner’s prayers in “Raven’s Light” the darkness is prevalent and it sticks and bleeds even after washing The one apparent shortfall of 'Kettle Bottom' is its insatiable overpowering sense of doom Throughout the book there is sadness after sadness repeated by loss after loss Like the darkness the doom sticks and it is cemented in each poem Like the speakers and characters readers will begin to expect chaos and destruction There are many unexpected twists and turns but at some points readers may predict the end of the poem within the first few lines Despite these critiues however each poem still maintains its own strength and importance within the overall collection It is a striking and worthwhile read and throughout readers will connect with and cry out for each character