Sarah Holland Batt

Contemporary Australian poetry has a complex and ever-evolving relationship with the land, both at home and abroad. Almost twenty-five years post-Mabo and entrenched in ongoing ecological crises, Australian poets explore new ways of experiencing and defining place. Where misguided nationalism sought to limit Australian poe ...

Sarah Holland-Batt reviews 'South in the World' by Lisa Jacobson

Sarah Holland-Batt
Friday, 31 October 2014

Lisa Jacobson’s third book, South in the World, opens with ‘Several Ways to Fall Out of The Sky’, a poem composed of imperatives instructing the reader in the strange art of descent. Jacobson’s poem deliberately invokes Auden’s famous piece of ekphrasis about Brueghel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’, which c ...

Sarah Holland-Batt reviews 'When the Night Comes' by Favel Parrett

Sarah Holland-Batt
Monday, 25 August 2014

Sarah Holland-Batt reviews Favel Parrett's new novel and the literal and metaphorical meanings of the rough seas her characters' navigate.

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'Life Cycle of the Eel', a new poem by Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt
Monday, 11 March 2013

A flash like silver cufflinks
ribbons off into river grass:
a fluid lick of nickel,
the sidle and slather of eel.

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