Doing their part to show support of World Mental Health Day, Arkbound have published a tender body of poems collectively entitled ‘Emerging From the Storm’ by first time published poet Harriet Knock, a gentle reminder that it’s okay to not be okay.
‘Emerging From the Storm’ is as raw and real as mental health gets. A collection of emotive and evocative short poems by young mother of two Harriet Knock, she effortlessly explores themes around depression, anorexia nervosa, anxiety, and how recovery is an ongoing journey, not a destination.
Lockdown has given Harriet an unexpected opportunity to reflect and dedicate time to her passion of writing. The result is a refreshingly honest and tender body of poems that inspires, humbles, and invokes hope. Peppered with black and white full page photographs, some of ocean waves, others of menacing storm clouds, and others not immediately recognisable but still capable of invoking a feeling of familiarity and understanding, ‘Emerging From the Storm’ is a work of art from the first page to the last.
The poems within the pages of ‘Emerging From the Storm’ vary in tone and theme throughout the book, effortlessly representing the tumultuous unpredictability of mental health. Some days you feel positive and productive, others you just about get by, and others are as though you’re staring into a bottomless black cave.
Harriet has bravely done what many of us struggle to do, admitting that life isn’t always sunshine, sometimes there is darkness, and it can feel as though we are the only one who experiences it. Through putting pen to paper in such an honest and revealing way, Harriet aims to inspire others to admit to their own darkness, and to reach out for support and help.
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