Review of Milk Teeth in Cordite

Adam Ford reviewed Milk Teeth and Anders Villani’s Aril Wire in Cordite!

** You can read the full review here **

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!

Milk Teeth commended in the Anne Elder Award!

This week Milk Teeth was commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award! Winner of the award was the fabulous Eunice Andrada for her book Flood Damages. Many big congrats to this wonderful writer! My book was commended for the award alongside fellow poets: Maryam Azam – The Hijab Files; Marjon Mossammaparast – That Sight; and Lindsay Tuggle – Calenture. Thanks to his year’s judges: Gig Ryan, Des Cowley and Bonny Cassidy. For more info about the award, visit the Australian Poetry website.

This week I got my very first YouTube review of Milk Teeth from Six Minutes For Me as part of #AussieApril! In this video Jaclyn also reviewed Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. You can check out the video here.

Photo by Josefin on Unsplash.

Picture of front cover of Australian Poetry Journal 8.2. The front cover features a photo of an anti-Trump protest with someone holding a sign saying 'silence =' and another sign with Trump's face and the word 'illegitimate' written across his eyes.

New poem in Australian Poetry Journal

My poem ‘Dirty talk’ (from my book Milk Teeth) is published in the latest Australian Poetry Journal Volume 8.2 – ‘spoken’, which features new works by more than 60 Australian poets, with poetry guest-edited by spoken-word poets Andrew Galan and David Stavanger. Following the ‘spoken’ selection is a separate section of 19 poems edited by Toby Fitch. This Big Bent series is an exploration of gender and language queering.

Grab yourself a copy of the latest APJ.

Both sections are also accompanied by sound-recordings, which is very cool! You can find the recordings at australianpoetry.org.

Banner for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019, featuring a VPLA logo and a photo of Milk Teeth under the titles Shortlist and Poetry

Milk Teeth shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry

Incredibly happy to announce Milk Teeth has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry!!!

Big big congrats to fellow shortlisted poets Eunice Andrada for Flood Damages and Kate Lilley for Tilt! And to all the other shortlisted folks, including fellow University of Queensland Press authors Melissa Lucashenko for Too Much Lip and Tony Birch for Common People. You can view the full shortlist and highly commended works here.

The winners of the main awards (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, writing for young adults, and the biennial Prize for Indigenous Writing) each receive $25,000. The winners of theses categories go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000. Wow!

Winners will be announced on Thursday 31 January 2019.

You can participate in the awards by voting for your favourite work published in 2018. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be named alongside the general category winners, and will receive $2,000.

You can also have a read of the VPLA judges’ report, which states: “Milk Teeth is a crisp and tactile first collection. It challenges pre-existing categories: gender, interior and exterior landscapes, the way we assume language is fixed.”

If all this chat about Milk Teeth has convinced you to buy a copy, here’s a list of places you can grab one.

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Milk Teeth review in Westerly

Thank you Jackie Smith for such a beautiful review of my book in Westerly Magazine! Smith states, ‘Milk Teeth is, honestly, unlike anything else I have read’.

**Read the review here**

‘The topics which White covers within this collection are, as others have previously noted, all the more accessible for Milk Teeth’s publication. Through it, readers will, perhaps, have a better understanding of how to treat those around them and a greater acceptance of those who are different. That, in itself, makes White’s debut collection necessary reading.’

 

Photo by Richard Loader on Unsplash.

October round-up

It’s been quite a busy, exciting month since I came back from National Young Writers’ Festival. Two of my poems from Milk Teeth ‘Plants my exes gave me’ & ‘Dear Excited to Meet Me’ were published in the latest (and sadly final) Woolf Pack #11.

I also had a great radio interview last night on 2SER’s It’s a Gay Area, and have another interview next week. Tune into All Things Queer @ RTRFM, Perth on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 11.10am (AWST)/1.10pm (AEST) to hear me chat about how I’m using my work as a vehicle to break down barriers and encourage conversations about gender and identity.

Finally, I’m super pumped to be a part of this year’s Digital Writers’ Festival. I’ll be participating in Poem Phone, riffing on John Giorno’s iconic 1969 artwork, this is a Dial-a-Poem for the internet age.

[Header photo by Quino Al on Unsplash]

Interview on 4zzz

In August this year I had the pleasure of chatting with Blair Martin on Queer Radio on 4ZZZ. Have a listen back to our chat about non-binary gender, writing Milk Teeth, and my previous work on community radio.

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Part 2:

If you enjoyed my chat with Blair, don’t forget you can buy Milk Teeth online, at your nearest bookshop, or borrow it from your local library.

Review of Milk Teeth by Tony Messenger

Big thanks to Tony Messenger for this wonderful review of Milk Teeth PLUS bonus interview!

“Milk Teeth” is another engaging, thought provoking collection, with decay and body parts becoming glistening, with the human place in the natural world being questioned, but at the same time it can be playful, and humorous, using symbols, codes, social media posts, emails and a raft of textual techniques (for example how the poems are placed on the page) to engage, unsettle and ultimately reaffirm.

**Read the review and interview here**