LK Holt’s Capacity is a volume with two chambers. The first, ‘Modern Woman Sonnets’, comprises twenty-six wild and precise love poems, which can be traced back to those of the Renaissance original Louise Labé. These sonnets are versions, hardly, or echoes, clearly, of Labé’s, and which perpetuate the internal logic of her love. The book’s second part, ‘Demons’, contains poems of a dark and numinous music, contemplating myriad forms of possession. The lyrical, transformative structures of Holt's poems provide ‘a field of force’ for the daimonic to play, within the self and without. The darting humour and lucid astonishments of her previous work can be found here in Capacity.
LK Holt's previous collection Birth Plan (Vagabond Press), was shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premiers' Award for Poetry and the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry. She has been the recipient of the NSW Premiers' Award for Poetry, the Grace Leven Prize, and has been longlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. She lives in Melbourne.