Clean by Scott-Patrick Mitchell

New poetry

After I washed the dishes last night, I sat down with a glass of wine to read Scott-Patrick Mitchell‘s first full-length collection, Clean. I read it right through. Divided into two parts, Dirty & Clean, it was impossible to put down at the end of Dirty, with my jaw clenched and desperate for relief. I found it in Clean. Not only is each poem a triumph of language the speaker is on a journey, and we get to go too in the safety of our comfortable reading chair. There is a human with a beating heart behind the gritty reality of life, loss and addiction in every poem and the collection is curated perfectly. There is conflict, climax and resolution. This is an unforgettable story. An unveiling of your neighbourhood.

Congratulations to Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Terri-ann White, Upswell Publishing. Available from Rabble Books & Games, Upswell Publishing or request at your local bookshop.

Published by Lisa Collyer Poet

Lisa Collyer is a poet and educator. She writes poetry with a focus on women’s bodies and how their experiences shape their everyday lives She is a Four Centres’ Emerging Writer, a writer-in-residence with The National Trust of W.A. (2021), an invited writer-in-residence for Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre (2022), and the winner of the Annette Cameron Encouragement Award (2021). Her work appears in Cordite, Rabbit, Westerly and Australian Poetry Anthology 21-22. She resides on the unceded lands of the Whadjuk Noongar Nation and pays her respects to elders past, present, and emerging.

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