you always lose something in the move
By: Sundai Johnson
Published by: Colour Bloc Creativ
you always lose something in the move: a collection, is an exploration of the movement to, and within, a new space and environment and a commentary on the transitions that occur there. The poems included in the collection were written within a year’s time, following the author’s relocation to California.
There are a total of seven poems to signify completion. The poems are preoccupied with themes of uncertainty, love- ache, notions of consciousness, and social exchange that emerge from contact with new bodies and spaces. However, these themes are not explicit as the individual poems invite readers to bring with them their own experiences of movement and transition.
The poems are dated as indication of their fruition over the span of the year. Readers may take note of the absence of time between the second-to-last and last poem of the collection. This reflects a period within the year of increased self-care, and underscores moments of silence and reflection. The work is intended as a commemoration of seasons of growth and transformation.
Illustrations are by New York artist, tarah douglas.
you always lose something in the move, is Sundai Johnson's first work in- print.