Colors of My Pain, Tamara Hattis
Tamara Hattis’s innovative debut, Colors of my Pain, interrogates the constructs of beauty, gender, and selfhood as much as our nation’s failures of empathy and curiosity. In a visionary approach to mapping the unseen triumphs of daily survival, these synesthetic lyrics layer exquisite shades of pathos, humor and grief against a tapestry of relentless, debilitating pain. I find myself laughing aloud in communion with this irrepressible human voice, standing up and shouting in raw moments of personal growth and gratitude. More than being restored, I am changed by Hattis’s courageous work, which reminds me of what poetry is capable of and why we can’t live without it.