Rae White

Rae White is a non-binary transgender writer, educator and zine maker. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (UQP 2018) won the 2017 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Rae’s second poetry collection Exactly As I Am was published in 2022 by UQP. Rae’s Bitsy poem-game ‘stand up’ won the 2022 Woollahra Digital Literary Award for Digital Innovation and was featured in the Pride at Play exhibition 2023. Rae is the editor of #EnbyLife, a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives.

I Google ‘are Pokémon edible?’ and wonder if I’m a bad person

I don’t know where Meowth’s whine starts and the voices of my brain weasels begin. Sometimes I’m a Poliwag, an over-sharer: small intestines like hypotonic corkscrew on show for all to see. Whenever I go to a polyamory meetup, someone …

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Ibis are looking cleaner, snowier when I go on my designated walks. Less plump, more gloss (like they’ve bathed in the very best hair conditioner.) I don’t remember the last time I showered. But I smell like exercise and exercise …

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Reverse Reverence

. .. … ….. …… …….. ……….. Reverence …………… Reverse and you and I ……………….. your______[radiant] compass _________omission, only _____ ____I glisten. And _____ ________[glory]___distance_______ we_wander … _________________space [luminous]_____glinting._____span Stars_____connect[ing/ion/ed] ever________and upwards. To roam and_______, gliding ________was only _______ ______in …

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Wheelie bin

Day softly overcast. Breeze pushing back 8am humidity. Lined up on next door’s rooftop: 8 honeyeaters, 1 kookaburra. Easing the day forward with squabbles, preening & morning-soft banter. At 12pm, clouds shiver & threaten clean laundry. The rush to close …

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Request // Response

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The last tourist

For the birds at Tangalooma, Moorgumpin (Moreton Island) White-bellied sea eagle it was a sight to sea me, bird of pray nip cormorant neck n yank clean off, blood flushing beige sand red, her wedding dress now russet as screams …

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I’ve got something to say

Will I always be   scowling, cowering up tops of trees under   stars, slumping my shoulders? Will I always be media- frenzied and flung under   palatable rainbow buses? Will I always be   a warning   a cautionary …

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The Unaugmented Reality of Transgender Discrimination: ‘Do more, do better’

‘Do more, do better’ is a poem in four parts that explores transgender discrimination through a hypothetical augmented reality (AR) mobile app. The accompanying inked and embroidered art pieces reiterate key themes within the poem using a medium that could be considered an analogue to tech culture’s digital: craftivism.

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Do more, do better

1. Trans Shield changes the way you see the world, even if the world sees you differently. Until society catches up, there’s an app for that! Just want people to respect your identity? Pissed at being politely misgendered when you …

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tweets i never published

there’s a vision of the person    i want to be & it’s not    the type of person  who goes jogging nor the type of person    who dates @_______    for all of their life  #SorryNotSorry coz sometimes i hate your cheekbones    so immensely …

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