As a First Nations poet, Ellen O’Brien says Alison Whittaker’s poem ‘Willi Willi Will I’ from Lemons in the Chicken Wire speaks directly to her experience of doing late night research into family history. We take a close look at the poem before getting into questions about making compromises in writing, finding your primary motivation, accepting rejection and whether ‘bad’ poetry exists.
Keep an eye out for Ellen’s work in the upcoming Indigenous issue of Rabbit.
- Alison Whittaker’s On ‘bad poetry’ for Meanjin and Acknowledgement for Overland
- O, Eureka! and an interview with Alison on Tincture Journal
- Invasion Day by Elizabeth Jarrett on Australasian Muslim Times