Where Do We Go from Here?
Derrick J. Johnson
“And Leaves Shall Fall, And Orchids Will Wither … But Is That All?” Written during his teenage years (1988-1999), Where Do We Go From Here? expands upon the emotional depths explored in Derrick J. Johnson’s 2001 debut, The Awakening of the Dreamer, while breaking new creative ground as well. This book features four distinctly themed collections of poems. Carnival is a light-hearted journey through the circus of life, which features poems such as “Holy Water” and “Harlequin.” The second collection, Heroes is themed around the concept of heroism and includes highlights like “Superman is Dead” and “JFK.” The overall tone shifts with the next collection, Grey, which focuses on the areas of light and dark within human nature. Highlights of this collection include “And Orchids Will Wither,” and “Road Kill.” The final collection, Acid, deals with the emotions that build up inside and destroy us from within. It features poems such as “Running Water” and the epic poem, “The Tides of Time.”