Biography

Rick blends formal metre and classical styles with free verse and spoken word accents, to create a unique sound that can be enjoyed by enthusiasts and newcomers to poetry alike. Influenced by Bukowski, the Liverpool Poets, Dorothy Parker and Basho in equal measure, his poetry is often surprising and challenging, but always studiously woven and richly embroidered. A former poet-in-residence at xwhy Magazine and The Chocolate Poetry Club, Rick uses his poetry to examine the issues surrounding mental health, race, sexuality, and the modern world. Rick's first full collection "Tales From the Other Box" was published by Burning Eye in 2020

Samples

The Moment Before T he pregnant pause at the end of every sentence hung, R emained our silence shared, a secret we keep, Y ou are always on the very tip of my tongue, S omething incomplete and even Damocles swung, T o become the very next words that I could speak, T he pregnant pause at the end of every sentence, hung O n highest gallows, where below the mandrake sprung, M emory’s sweet seed to mushrump jump, fecundity Y ou are always on the very tip of my tongue, Lotus leaf, and milk of Lethe, and honey drunk, I n deepest wish, to sleep away all time between, T he pregnant pause at the end of every sentence hung A s thick as thieves, that stole this life, begun N o words, to complicate the taste you leave, Y ou are always on the very tip of my tongue, A nd about you every song that could be sung, R eminds my heart to speak, replace missed beats, T he pregnant pause, at the start of every sentence hung, Y ou are in all ways, the very tip of my tongue...

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