Rae White

Rae White is a queer non-binary transgender writer, and the author of poetry collections Milk Teeth (UQP 2018) and Exactly As I Am (UQP 2022). They were awarded the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize in 2017 and have been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Queensland Literary Awards, and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Rae won the 2022 Woollahra Digital Literary Award for Digital Innovation for their Bitsy poem-game stand up, which was also featured in Pride at Play and given an Honourable Mention in the Freeplay Awards. Rae is the Creative Director and Founder of community poetry initiative Uplift, and the Founding Editor of #EnbyLife, a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives.

Bad poems

1. It’s fucking odd to know you’re also just another person. Makes sense, I guess. You too drink cold Milo and spill coffee on whites. You too write bad poems and read better ones. You too sing off-key in the …

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Introduction to Alex Creece’s Potty Mouth, Potty Mouth

Alex Creece’s Potty Mouth, Potty Mouth is a reckless, glorious, grotty revolution. It’s an insubordinate ‘kissyface of cobwebs’ that sticks it to capitalism, heteronormativity and the patriarchy.

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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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