Freedom and possibility

Portrait of a year in poetry
by
October 2021, no. 436
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Fishing for Lightning: The spark of poetry by Sarah Holland-Batt

University of Queensland Press, $29.99 pb, 287 pp

Freedom and possibility

Portrait of a year in poetry
by
October 2021, no. 436

Sarah Holland-Batt’s Fishing for Lightning is a book about Australian poetry. As such, it is a rare, and welcome, bird in the literary ecology of our country. It is welcome because poetry, like any other art form, requires a supportive culture that educates and promulgates. Not that Holland-Batt, herself one of our leading poets, is ‘merely’ didactic, or a shill for the muses. Holland-Batt, who is also an academic, writes with great authority and insight, and she is a fine stylist, penning essays that are packed with humour and playfulness. These essays cater for all kinds of audiences, from newcomers to poetry experts, which is no small feat.

David McCooey reviews 'Fishing for Lightning: The spark of poetry' by Sarah Holland-Batt

Fishing for Lightning: The spark of poetry

by Sarah Holland-Batt

University of Queensland Press, $29.99 pb, 287 pp

Buy this book

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