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Ali Whitelock

Ali Whitelock

Ali Whitelock is a Scottish poet/​writer living in Sydney, though her heart still aches for the brooding Scottish skies. Her debut poetry collection, “and my heart crumples like a coke can” has just been published by Wakefield Press, Adelaide and her first book, (a memoir), “poking seaweed with a stick and running away from the smell” was published to critical acclaim in Australia and the UK. Her poems have appeared in The Moth Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, Gutter Magazine, NorthWords Now, The Poets’ Republic, The Red Room Company, Beautiful Losers Magazine, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Hunter Centre Grief Anthology 2018 and will form part of the University of Wisconsin’s Forty Voices Strong: An Anthology of Contemporary Scottish Poetry’ at the end of 2018. She is currently working on her second memoir and second poetry collection.

i am the sea

that january. prestwick beach. the sea heaves. swallows herself down like cough syrup in thick slow gulps. we’d sat on this rock just two days before, both of us with our backs to the world staring out across and into the thickness. i counted a thousand and one seagulls that day watched them…
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