This poem by Rushika Wick, designed by Minjong Kim, can be found at Stratford Youth Zone, Theatre Square, London E15 1BX and at Central Park Café, Bartle Avenue, East Ham, London E6 3AJ
There was nothing here, just empty space
6 months ago, now you stand in a room!
There’s nothing more real
than a physical room
bounded with hard floor under foot
to stop you from falling away from yourself.
It makes you feel present, alive.
You are creating places to be alive in.
Your work is existential, you use your hands
as humans should
surrounded by the smell
of turned clay and mortar.
You are builders of presence and monument.
Builders of sanctuary and hope.
You are philosophers in praxis. I salute you.
By Rushika Wick
Rushika Wick is a British poet and writer based in London. Her debut collection Afterlife As Trash was published by Verve in 2021. Learn more.
Design by Minjong Kim, Master Type Design, ECAL/Universityof Art and Design of Lausanne. Learn more: ECAL MATD | ECAL MATD Instagram | Minjong Kim Instagram
Typoetry is a showcase of poetry and Swiss graphic design. Around 30 poems from Switzerland, the UK and Newham are forming artistic trails in the London Borough of Newham from 20 May to 17 July 2022. Learn more.