Lyne Beringer’s “Alaskan Vogue: Poetry from the Land of Ice and Shadows” is a novelty collection with a grimdark atmosphere that interweaves fantasy, fate, emotion…and the “Artic Queen;” a cunning enchantress whose heart is so cold she “commands the ice and snow” and assures fatality in instances of defiance! In the very beginning, the characterization of the cold-hearted forlorn sets the stage with biting bitterness in her dramatic poetic introduction “The Original Arctic Queen.” Her hardheartedness builds nothing more than a distant world of pain, sadness, disappointment, loneliness, frustration and severe depression.
The description of this villainous being is interesting and entices us by openly displaying the ‘dark side’ of her personality with zero remorse. The character expresses her views of people, stories, the world and herself using the technique of cynicism and without sugar-coating or romanticizing the circumstances to her audience. A good example of this can be found in the poems, “The Games People Play” and “A Lie About Truth.”
In “A Lie About Truth” she mocks the principle of truth and humanity saying, “Sometimes I wonder why truth is swept under a rug in a room at the back,” and then goes on to say, “Truth we want no one to see.” Her sharp and non-lenient words ultimately underline an incredibly valuable lesson: “The more that you try to live in a lie the quicker the darkness unfolds.” Even so, her vexed dual-spirit is merely a mirror of exactly this!
But- it’s important not to be fooled! For the Artic Queen’s bitterness is also accompanied by both, insight and wisdom. Experienced and familiar with warped and crooked ways, she seems to recognize and understand the many deceptions, hardships and adversities of the world, so well, her soul drowns in the conflict of them, in which there are a variety of opposing forces involved (Man vs Nature, Man vs Self, Man vs Man, etc.,). Nonetheless, in truth, the only real opposing force keeping her bound to misery is none other than herself (Man vs Self).
Transparent and truthful, in several poems she admits to her emotional instability, and living as a single brokenhearted lovelorn doesn’t make the situation any better. “A Very Unromantic Breakup,” “This Is Your Brain On Breakup,” and “Single On A Friday Night” tell of the countless, lonely nights she spends alone, eagerly hoping the telephone rings.
The rejection and feeling of inadequacy plays into her bipolar personality and the perfect example to explain the two-hued divergence is the poem, “Monster inside Me,” describing the character’s inward self-battle with her own relentless demons, suffering from dark, hopeless delusions, hallucinations and gloom. Her “inexplicable pride,” she says, is the only thing to blame.
The farther we read into the book, the better we can stitch together the shattered pieces of her unhappiness. Seeing that there’s a distinct theme related to the state of Alaska, one of the coldest states in The United States of America, the blue and gray frigidness of the narrator’s feelings and outlook on life correlate, appropriately.
Rhythmic and inveigle, the poem a “A Greek Lullaby,” pulls us in two different directions with an unusual twist, as sleep tenderly sings ensnaring words of lure saying, “Let go of your bitterness, withdraw from your fears, I’m here to bleed you, Poach the last of your four years,” while simultaneously articulating ominous promises of deliverance from sorrow and bitterness.
Though the abstractness of her creative verses leaves the poem up for interpretation, one can still perceive the hidden, subliminal cryptic message behind “sleeps” calming whisper, maleficently persuading the suffering weak spirit to “embrace the cold,” and take one step closer to what sounds like, death! Even so, the forgiving tone of the author’s smooth words is spellbinding!
A beautiful frozen nightmare of seclusion and unhappiness is recounted in the poem, “Visions In Wonderland,” a poem that depicts dreadful visions of permanent misery in the form of an unpleasant dark fantasy, full of mental and physical torment, agony and defeat. The poem “Another Weekend Morning” only confirms the tragic revelations conveyed in this disconcerting piece.
Disheartened and defeated, she says “Yeah, I’m shackled to a fantasy,” twirling in the whirlwind of tumultuous and tempestuous emotion, with no sign of an end. Sensible metaphors such as “I sugarcoat the memories,” “drowning in a lie,” “waltzing to a melancholy beat,” and “dream that I once purchased” underline the condition of her psychosomatic suffering. And the consistent theme of “strange voices” seamlessly match the inescapable theme of lonesomeness like snowflakes in wintertime!
This collection of poetry is supernatural and psychological, making us feel as if we’re a part of both worlds, real and imaginary! Seized by words so cold, we conclude that even the warmest of hearts are prone to shiver after reading this glacial voyage!
We’re pleased to present this book with a 5-star rating and believe Author Lyne Beringer did a fantastic job in the creation of this book!