Epicedium – 50 experimental poetic journeys through awakening, alchemy and other worlds by Helene Alexandra Jæger

Book Summary:

Exploring the realms of death and dreaming, the occult, the unconscious and the soul, Epicedium is a stream of consciousness collection of 50 works. Told as a four-part story of transformation, Epicedium is a stream of consciousness exploration of spiritual awakening, passion, loss, and journeys in consciousness. Throughout, the protagonist’s experiences show a subtext dealing with mental health and depression, trying to come to terms with a spiritual existence in an increasingly isolating and technological world.  

Ultimately, Jæger’s expansive poetic stories take the reader on a hypnotic and deepening spiritual journey through transformation.



A beautiful collection of free-flowing thoughts and adventures. This spiritual journey is surreal and full of exotic energy. It is wonderful how the author intertwines fantasy with vivid stories of real-life as if it is one thought. The feelings this book evokes, from fear to love to happiness to hurt and back again, will have readers mesmerized.

— Kristi Elizabeth, San Francisco Book Review.

About the Author:

Helene Alexandra Jæger, aka alternative artist Holy Boy, has ventured into the realms of poetic expression with her debut collection, “Epicedium”. Based in Los Angeles, her work intricately weaves themes of death, dreaming, the occult, and the mysteries of the soul, offering readers a glimpse into her rich, introspective world.

Preparing her forthcoming album for release in 2024, Jæger’s music career has earned features on BBC Radio 1, PBS, XFM, and in American Songwriter, and performances at major events including SXSW, NXNE, and Midem.

Her dark and enigmatic style goes deeper in “Epicedium” and its 50 short poetic stories weaving into a hypnotic journey of transformation, influenced by southern gothic literature, the romantics and the Beat Generation.

Follow them on Instagram @holyboyaudio 


Music Reviews:

“Holy Boy stuns: Utterly immersive; smoky and classic.” – The Line Of Best Fit

“Mystifying and atmospheric.” – earmilk.com

“Step into Jæger’s dark wonderland if you dare.” – Popdust

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