11 September 20209 October 2020 Main Posts / Poetry Poetry | The ASX pours from your chest Rico Craig We squabble about the money skimmed from our drudgery, the barbs lift enemies from our skin. At the end of shifts we are lathered in sweat and the day is night; cars move above us and I have blood on my palms. Your teeth are broken, we are old we are the same, we have always been here we are layers of dried paint. On our best days we are birds, we are flocks of laughter we are dawn. When they grind another hour from your skin, new enemies appear. They burst from your chest frothing, phones in fists, plastic in pockets, they will never hold our eye, they will talk to our foreheads they will beat us with chains — then park their cars in the street outside our house and wait to mark our children with their stares. We will not let them steal us we will turn them inside out we will feast on their feebleness we will make ourselves sharp we will slide an answer into their throat. Rico Craig Rico Craig is a teacher, writer, and award-winning poet whose work melds the narrative, lyrical and cinematic. Craig is published widely; his poetry collection Bone Ink was winner of the 2017 Anne Elder Award and shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2018. To find recent writing visit https://ricocraig.com/ More by Rico Craig Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 3 March 20233 March 2023 Poetry Poetry | 2 rat poems by joanne burns joanne burns the courtyard rat squatting on an empire of pizza boxes rainsoaked piles of stewing cardboard flattened packaging from long covid's eager merchandise anything to transcend an unimagined plague rat traps line the walls like doctors' obsolete portmanteaux from a much earlier decade First published in Overland Issue 228 24 February 202317 March 2023 Main Posts Final Results of the 2022 Judith Wright Poetry Prize Editorial Team Overland, the judges and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation are thrilled to announce the final results of the 2022 Judith Wright Poetry Prize.