interview series

Interview Series with Poet Naoise Gale

I am Naoise Gale, a twenty-year-old autistic poet from the UK with a penchant for tragic heroes and excel spreadsheets. I write confessional-style poetry that constantly alarms my loved ones (or it would if I let them read it.)

When / why did you start writing poetry? – answers in adjectives

Urgent, compulsive, frenzied, engrossing, sublime.

How do you write a poem? – answer in five verbs.

Reminisce, envision, ache, grasp, release.

What is your definition of what experimental poetry is?

Poetry that is strange and visceral and clever. New forms and taboo subjects. The stuff that shocks and excites.

Have you done many interviews before? Do you find them repetitive? Repetitive? Repetitive?

This is my first interview! So it’s still a novelty for me.

What’s a favorite snack you like when poet-ing?

I can’t eat while typing. But I’m partial to a Diet Coke or a sparkling water.

What are you kinda obsessed by?

Poetry. Also seventies rock-and-roll, TV crime dramas and to-do lists.

Do you tell your social circle about your poet-ing?

I’ve told my immediate family, though I still make them promise not to read my poems. A couple of friends know that I write, but not that I’ve got a book coming out soon.

How do you rebel?

In the past, through having a nervous breakdown. That didn’t work out so well for me, so now I rebel through my outrageous lack of self-loathing.

Tell me a literary / science fact or joke, please.  

How do poets say hello? (Hey, haven’t we metaphor?)

What’s your fav colour, poet, snack. (this is your pen name!)

Emerald Stuckes Ice Cream

Bio: Naoise Gale is a poet who writes about mental illness, addiction and eating disorders. She has been published widely, including by Opia Lit, Serotonin and Reflex Fiction. Her poems have also had competition success, most recently in the Fish Poetry Prize (longlisted) and the Magdalena Young Poet’s Prize (honourable mention). Her debut chapbook, After the Flood Comes the Apologies, will be published by Nine Pens in October 2021. You can find more of her work at @NaoiseGale13 on Twitter.


By Michelle Moloney King

Artist. Poetish.