Rico Craig

Rico Craig is an award-winning poet, writer and workshop facilitator. His poetry has been awarded prizes or shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize, Val Vallis Prize, Newcastle Poetry Prize, Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize and University of Canberra Poetry Prize. Bone Ink (UWAP), his first poetry collection, was winner of the 2017 Anne Elder Award and shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2018. His most recent collections Our Tongues Are Songs (2021) and Nekhau (2022) are published by Recent Work Press.

Disco Metronome

The year I grew older than my mother and thought about Theo Parrish mixing Loleatta Holloway’s song Catch Me (on the Rebound) Anacrusis Ugly edits, Theo brings disco’s ravished heart, his white labels smudged with handwriting, Loleatta’s name on his …

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Emperor of 32 Bella Vista Drive

Terracotta Warriors guard their Emperor. Fifteen archers in the al fresco dining area, a four-car garage full of foot soldiers. The Emperor is damp with middle age and dawn dew, askew on a banana lounge, his dressing gown unhitched. The …

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Blackberry Caliphate

For months men with coloured stakes have pegged the suburb, subdivided their way over the hill, toward our hidden place, this clutch of blackberry. We’re here again, arms smeared with sour fruit, hands nicked and bloodied from passage through the …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Prawn Heads, Oil Rigs and Infidelity – Kuala Lumpur 1977

‘Prawn Shells Oil Rigs and Infidelity – Kuala Lumpur 1977’ is a highly dramatic poem full of tension and suspense. The poet builds these elements into the poem through the astute use of short, sharp phrases which also deliver their …

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