Written by Helena Lancaster
Delving into the depths of her own experience with depression, Helena Lancaster has put together her second collection of poetry to shed more light on the struggle with one’s inner demons. Phoenix from the Ashes takes you on a journey into the heart of the internal war as Lancaster chronicles her personal fight through the darkness to find hope. She shows through her poetry that anyone can, like a phoenix, be reborn into a world of optimism, positivity, and faith despite their past.
Phoenix from the Ashes picks up from Lancaster's Behind the Mask beginning with a lost, broken girl and in the end emerges a woman with a new found freedom, reborn with a sense of closure and hope for the future. Phoenix from the Ashes is divided into three parts starting with Fall to Darkness, then Burning Day, and closes with From the Ashes. Lancaster's cowriter for The Passion of the Dragon Saga, Rayna Kingston, had this to say of the collection:
"Helena Lancaster’s poems are not of roses and rainbows. They show that you can find a rainbow after the storm. That roses can come after the heartbreak. Helena does not write poetry for the faint at heart. Her poetry is for those, like her, who have been burned by ones they loved over and over again. She will help you find the deepest, darkest places of your soul and guide you out of the recesses of Hell. Her poems put you on an emotional roller coaster as you journey from sadness and anger to joy and pride. Even for those who have not had to deal with issues of an abusive parent or loved one, as you read, you realize that no matter what, you can rise from what you are going through. Her poetry gives us all the chance to have our burning day and rise like a phoenix."
One of my favorite poems in this collection is Rebirth of the Phoenix, particularly this verse, "I will rise a new woman, a phoenix, beautiful, mythical, and mysterious. And my life will go on as I live and learn one day at a time." From the Ashes was my favorite part of this book because it closes the painful chapters and shuts the door to her past. Another must read from that part is the poem titled My Declaration of Freedom. If you enjoyed Behind the Mask, your bookshelf needs a copy of Phoenix from the Ashes.
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