Every Poem a Potion, Every Song a Spell is a collection that uses fairytale themed poetry to express the modern day struggle of women and their fight against oppression. The retellings lose none of the magic of the original stories, but open up the reader's eyes to the darkness that has been lurking behind women all along.
For every woman who has endured, there is Every Poem a Potion, Every Song a Spell. An incredible collection of fairy tale-themed poetry which shines an onyx beauty upon the hardships of life. Parent repurposes the conventional as well as the obscure fairy tales taught to us in childhood to create an amazing, heartfelt volume you'll want to read again, and again, and again.
-L.T. Ward, short story author with Lost Boys Press, Inked in Gray, and Black Hare Press
In Every Poem A Potion, Every Song A Spell, Stephanie Parent navigates grief and despair through poetry inspired by childhood fairytales. Each poem is a lens providing insight through a woman's internal struggle with identity and perseverance through adversity, the fight it takes to overcome despair, the strength of independence, and the hope that lingers, even still, despite it all. These poems invite the reader to pause and reflect on the fairytales we thought we knew as a child and to draw our gaze inward, searching for our own answers, our own truths, in this world we have come to abide.
-Lindsey Heatherly, author of GOLDEN HOUR MINUS THE GLOW (2021)