The 2021 Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest winner, Opportunity Cost is a powerful, honest discussion of what it means to live after an assault, and how to navigate the world in the aftermath.
Johnson recounts what it means to live after assault and navigate once-safe spaces now haunted by pain. The speaker talks to old friends, wakes from troubling dreams, has physically intimate moments, even watches television. Yet none of these moments are free from the haunting presence of trauma. With shifting yet repetitive form, sharp imagery, and mesmerizing vulnerability, Opportunity Cost seeks not to be healed, but to be heard.