Title: An Ocean Of Grey
Author: Kamalia Hasni
Publisher: Meraki Press
I could find peace
in an ocean
of all the shades
of the colour grey
An Ocean of Grey by Kamalia Hasni explores the pain and aftermath of a love that was promised a forever but had ended too soon. The collection of poetry and prose also includes beautiful illustrations by the author’s friends who had helped her through her healing.
A short poetry book full of wonderfully raw and vulnerable poems on heartbreak and healing. It was simply written – there were a number of wonderful turns of phrase throughout the poems – and easy to follow. I liked that it was honest without feeling voyeuristic. Rather, it felt like someone inviting you to their heart and showing you the faint scars and telling you, reassuring you, that heartbreak is not the end.
Some of the poems, some of the feelings felt repetitive, but because of the conversational and inviting tone of the book, it felt less like there was nothing new to say and more a reminder that healing is not always linear. Sometimes it’s one step forward, two steps back.
The illustrations were gorgeous and accompanied the poems very well, and I definitely liked that colours were only used for emphasis. The note of songs that inspired the poems was also interesting – not sure if a reread while listening to those songs will add to the atmosphere, but it’s something to consider.
At the end of the day, I loved that the book is so hopeful.