• LK Holt, Birth Plan

    Vagabond Press

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    Birth Plan is LK Holt’s fourth full-length collection is a generous, sharp-edged, technically masterful and expansive collection from one of Australia’s foremost female poets. These poems are transformative, fiercely feminist, unrelenting in their clarity, and display a rare mastery of the musicality of language. Exploring the realities of mothering and loving in the late Anthropocene, Holt’s work is rigorous in its exploration and evocation of psychological truths and half-truths. Fearless and darkly humorous, these are poems that turn on a phoneme and give full life and song to the shimmering uncertainties and hard realities of selfhood.

    LK (Lucy) Holt was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, spent her childhood in Adelaide and returned to Melbourne to study history. She began to write poems by way of the visual arts and experienced it as a liberation, because she had more control over words than over paint, clay and pencils. Ted Hughes’s Crow was the first collection that overwhelmed Holt. Other influences on her work have been Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell, John Donne and Anne Carson. She has published four collections of poetry. Her debut collection, Man Wolf Man (2009), was awarded the Kenneth Slessor Prize. Her second collection, Patience, Mutiny (2010), received the Grace Leven Prize and her most recent collection Keeps was longlisted for the 2015 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal.

    LK Holt, Birth Plan
    Forthcoming 2019.  
    ISBN 978-1-925735-07-9
    Release date: TBA

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