This poem will also be in my second poetry collection Exactly As I Am, published by UQP next year!
Adam Ford reviewed Milk Teeth and Anders Villani’s Aril Wire in Cordite!
I could honestly quote the whole piece, but here’s one of the most striking paragraphs re: what I’m trying to achieve in my work:
But while gender identity is at the fore of some poems, White also challenges the potential assumption that a non-binary activist poet can or should only write about their activism. This point is successfully made by poems like ‘Plants my exes gave me’ and ‘Enraptured’, which depict experiences like gardening and falling in love that are common to all humans. In doing so White validates and celebrates the continuum of gender with other modes of experience, and hopefully educates those who believe they can only experience non-binary life vicariously.
And my absolute favourite lines:
There’s an appealing messiness, a futz and clutter, a chaos to the world White writes … Milk Teeth is an eclectic mixtape of a book, a stellar debut exhibiting equal parts ‘fuck that noise’ and a visceral love of life.
Thank you Adam and Cordite for such an insightful and eloquent review!
Yesterday I had a lovely chat about Milk Teeth with Sadie Ward on All Things Queer RTRFM 92.1. We spoke about themes of navigating the world as a non-binary person and breaking down barriers.
**You can listen back to the interview on the RTRFM website.**
I also have a poem in the latest issue of Cordite alongside some of my fave poets, including Candy Royalle, Toby Fitch, Michael Farrell, Emily Crocker, Ray Briggs, Zenobia Frost, Angela Gardner, Elizabeth Duck-Chong, Bec Jessen, Jill Jones, Madison Godfrey, Fiona Hile, and so many many more.
Also: this poem is part of a new collection I’m working on, which explores non-binary people and space: the space we take up, the space we don’t, the space we’re denied, the space we reclaim. And just between you and me, more poems from this work in progress will be published soon!
I have a new poem in Cordite Poetry Review‘s CONFESSION! I’m chuffed to be alongside some of my fave poets including Stuart Barnes, Shastra Deo and Ellen van Neerven.