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Eleanor Jackson, Gravidity and Parity

Highly Commended in the 2022 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Gravidity and Parity explores the narrative opportunities of pregnancy loss, pregnancy and early motherhood set against the unfolding experience of the COVID 19 pandemic.

With bleak humour, crisp language and the intricate realities of the body, Gravidity and Parity considers the natal taboo while documenting the strange, performance of life celebrated, mourned, connected and disconnected under lockdown.

"This collection pays tribute to the things that are ‘blemished and fundamental.’ Those that cannot be contained by our meagre narratives about pregnancy and motherhood. Nor should they be. A book like this should be read by everyone who was mothered/is mothered/does mothering. By every body that has held another body within it. Or hopes to. Jackson expands on our ideas of pregnancy and motherhood, fully acknowledging the space between what we are told it should be, and what it actually is. By insisting on other ways, different stories, Jackson ushers us into a world that is terrible and beautiful in equal measures, and at the same time.” – Natalie Kon-yu 

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. She is the author of A Leaving (Vagabond Press) and her live album, One Night Wonders, is produced by Going Down Swinging. Eleanor is committed to developing and hosting events and experiences that showcase the diversity of both poetic language and writers and audiences. She is the producer of the Melbourne Poetry Map and a former Editor in Chief of Peril Magazine, Board Member of Queensland Poetry Festival and Vice-Chair of the Stella Prize. She is currently Chair of Peril Magazine, an online magazine committed to celebrating Asian Australian arts and culture.

Eleanor Jackson, Gravidity and Parity
2021. 148mm x 210mm. 196pp. 
ISBN 978-1-925735-25-3
Release date: July 2021

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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