Gomeroi Poet Alison Whittaker Releases Debut Collection of Poetry

It traces the life stories of many queer Aboriginal women, including my own, who live on the rural fringe, but it represents more than a ‘clash’ of worlds. It embeds queerness deeply into Aboriginality, rather than in opposition to it, and explores the viscera of queer Aboriginal girlhood and womanhood.
— Alison Whittaker, author of Lemons in the Chicken Wire

A debut collection of poetry by indigenous Gomeroi woman Alison Whittaker from Australia was recently released by Magabala Books, an indigenous publishing house in Australia. Whittaker's poems "explores the stories of queer and trans indigenous people."

Whittaker's debut, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, is a: 

"highly original collection of poems bristling with stunning imagery and gritty textures. At times sensual, always potent, Lemons in the Chicken Wire delivers a collage of work that reflects rural identity through a rich medley of techniques and forms. It is an audacious, lyrical and linguistically lemon flavoured poetry debut that possesses a rare edginess and seeks to challenge our imagination beyond the ordinary. Alison Whittaker demonstrates that borders, whether physical or imagined, are no match for our capacity for love."

A Black&Write Fellowship winner, Whittaker took four years to perfect her poems which are inspired by her own life, family, home landscape, and other experiences. 

Order physical copies from Magabala Books.