Eleanor Jackson, Gravidity and Parity
Book description: Gravidity and Parity is Eleanor Jackson’s first full-length collection, which explores the narrative opportunities of pregnancy, pregnancy loss and early motherhood set against the rapidly unfolding experience of the COVID 19 pandemic. Replete with bleak humour, crisp language and the intricate realities of the body, sex and loss, Gravidity and Parity considers the natal taboo while documenting the strange, performative experience of the most socially-distanced collective experience in recent memory. As the poems traverse a life celebrated, mourned, connected, learned and worked via online platforms, Gravidity and Parity hones in on the interior experience of pregnancy and motherhood while exploring the historical impact of epidemics that have come before. From smallpox and influenza to scarlet fever and HIV, these poems constitute an imperfect guide to our difficult, shared gestation and matrescence: the birth of a new generation yet to comprehend what it will mean to reconcile “the time after” with “the time before”.
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.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.