My poem Angelo has been posted at Meanjin
Angelo explores the death of Angelo Tsakos, a 16 year old, shot by police in 1985.
Here’s an extract, the rest is up at Meanjin.
Angelo – Rico Craig
And dash lights were our campfire, and in the fretful
lustre we might’ve been mistaken for men.
We gnawed on our tongues, smoked with acetone fingers
and we knew a stolen car was intent to murder,
to run. A weapon is what cops said; enough
for bullets through a windscreen.
Cops Killed Tsakos
And a friendly reminder, as of April 2017, my first collection – BONE INK – is available here. Angelo is included in the collection.
Rico, I don’t usually make a habit of googling out writers for praise but I wanted to tell you that I think Angelo is one of the most beautiful poems I’ve read in several. years. Such controlled emotions and original imagery it lacerates deep like an epitaph. If you write nothing else you have achieved what most writers strive for. Regards, Antony Owen
Hey Antony, thanks so much. I really appreciate it. I’m glad you took the time to read Angelo, and glad you let me know your thoughts. It means a lot to me that the poem is out there touching people. Thanks.
Congratulations on the publication. Beautifully written
Thanks so much!