The Jaguar

The Jaguar

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A stunning new collection from one of Australia's finest poets - her most impressive work yet.

With electrifying boldness and fearlessness of vision, Sarah Holland-Batt confronts what it means to be mortal in an astonishing and deeply humane portrait of a father's Parkinson's Disease, and a daughter forged by grief.

Opening and closing with startling elegies set in the charged moments before and after a death, and compulsively probing the body's animal endurance and appetites, along with the metamorphoses of long illness, The Jaguar is marked by Holland-Batt's distinctive lyric intensity and linguistic mastery, along with a stark new clarity of voice.

In this collection Holland-Batt is at her most exacting and uncompromising- these ferociously intelligent, insistent poems refuse to look away, and challenge us to view ruthless witness as a form of love. The Jaguar is a devastating and mesmerising collection by a poet at the height of her powers.
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 10mm | 142g
  • St Lucia, Australia
  • 0702265500
  • 9780702265501
  • 1,990

About Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning poet, editor and critic, and Professor of Creative Writing and Literary Studies at QUT. Her first book, Aria (UQP, 2008), was the recipient of a number of national literary awards, including the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted in both the New South Wales and Queensland Premiers' Literary Awards for Poetry. Her second book, The Hazards (UQP, 2015), won the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature John Bray Memorial Prize, the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and the Queensland Literary Awards. Her most recent book is Fishing For Lightning (UQP, 2021). She is the recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, the W.G. Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholarship, residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell colonies in the United States, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, an Asialink Literature residency in Japan, and an Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome, among other honours. She is presently the Judy Harris Writer in Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.
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