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Steel Petals 'Voices': Poems for you, by you by C.L. Monaghan collects moving and courageous poems and accounts of people whose lives have been affected by cancer and BRCA gene mutation. The poems express feelings of grief and pain but also hope. In the first poem, “Angel,” Mariet Van Knippenberg expresses how the support and love from a loved one became her map and light when she felt engulfed by the darkness of her diagnosis. In her poem “Cancer, Cancer,” Caroline Wheeldon details how cancer has changed her life. Through the chaos of diagnosis and treatment, the support of strangers and family has been her guiding strength. The poems are interspersed by moving accounts such as that of a mother whose daughter tested positive for the BRCA mutation.
The poems and accounts contained in Steel Petals 'Voices' show the heart-rending impact of cancer on the patient and those around them. They are raw, open, and sincere. The narrators recount feeling anxious and uncertain. Cancer creates immense and sudden upheaval in their lives and the lives of family and friends. But the accounts are also filled with hope and strength. They show that even within the darkness, there is light and love to be treasured. Though cancer plunges them into a new, difficult journey, their love for their family and friends gives them the strength to endure. Steel Petals 'Voices' by C.L. Monaghan is a heartfelt compilation that raises awareness and gives voice to multiple sufferers of cancer and the BRCA gene mutation. Its accounts are hope-filled and are a powerful depiction of what love can conquer.