By Rae WhitePoetry University of Queensland Press
In this highly original debut collection, Rae White’s edgy and playful poems challenge notions of category, identity, form and gender. Bodies transform, nature morphs and words dart and shift. White’s wise and provocative poems define new ways, new languages.
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. In this book, bodies are abject and monstrous. But they’re also sexual, ordinary and thriving like tropical houseplants in a north-facing room.
Rae White shows that while some of us may be chipped, cracked or scarred there is an enormous reserve of knowledge and strength to be found within and around us – as evidenced by the smattering of other texts woven throughout the book.
To view a selection of poems from this collection, click here.
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