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L. K. Holt L. K. Holt i(A84056 works by) (a.k.a. Lucy Holt)
Born: Established: 1982 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Lucy Holt grew up in Adelaide and returned to Melbourne to study history: she holds an honours degree in history and gender studies. She has been the editor of Blast Magazine and of the webzine So Long Bulletin of Australian Poetry and Criticism.

Holt has published four full-length poetry collections, beginning with 2005's Stories of Bird. A fifth collection, This Is Mars, was due to be published by John Leonard Press c.2013: poems from it did appear in periodicals, but the collection itself has not been traced.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Birth Plan Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2019 14816276 2019 selected work poetry

'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.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2020 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Poetry
The Abstract Blue Background i "A shade greener than Kingfisher (that blue", 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 399 2018; (p. 32)
2018 shortlisted Peter Porter Poetry Prize
y separately published work icon Keeps : With Patience, Mutiny and Man Wolf Man Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2014 7919688 2014 selected work poetry

'This volume opens with Keeps, a full-length book of new poems by LK Holt. Bound-in with it are her two prior books, Patience, Mutiny and Man Wolf Man.

'A hallmark of Holt's poetry has always been its continual refreshing of angles of vision. She has a dark skill with the unexpected image, and the thought that goes into an unexpected place. There is immediacy, even abruptness, amid her airy, crafted structures, and her music subsists in this.

'The keeps in the new book are of course the new poems themselves, which for Holt are essentially findings. Her impulse as a poet is to the retrieving of story, and the objects of the world that erupt from the midst of story. Her bent is at the same time lyrical, sometimes meeting the world afresh through contemplations of paintings, sculpture, and film, and always quietly touching on selfhood. The long, episodic suite, Stages of Balthazar, is about a donkey practitioner of instinctual acceptance. Followed and neglected by a Chorus as it can seem a self deserves Balthazar goes about his small village life, bearing a great love.

'By adding her prior two books to this volume, the Press intends not only to keep them in print, but to lay out for readers the fullness of the growth of an oeuvre. The poet has made some excisions and revisions.' (Publication summary)

2015 longlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
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