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The Hazards

The Hazards is a dazzling and inventive second collection from award-winning poet Sarah Holland-Batt.

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The much-anticipated second collection from the 2007 winner of the Thomas Shapcott Prize.

Charged with fierce imagination and swift lyricism, Holland-Batt’s cosmopolitan poems reflect a predatory world rife with hazards both real and imagined. Opening with a vision of a leveret’s agonising death by myxomatosis and closing with a lover disappearing into dangerous waters, this collection careens through diverse geographical territory – from haunted post-colonial landscapes in Australia to brutal animal hierarchies in the cloud forests of Nicaragua.

Engaging everywhere with questions of violence and loss, erasure and extinction, The Hazards inhabits unsettling terrain, unafraid to veer straight into turbulence.

Sarah Holland-Batt, author of Aria, and The Hazards

Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt was born in Southport, Queensland, and has lived in Australia and the United States. She is the recipient of the WG Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholarship, fellowships at Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, and an Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio, Rome, among other honours. Her first book, Aria (UQP, 2008), won a number of literary awards, including the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, the artsACT Judith Wright Prize, and the FAW Anne Elder Award. Her second book, The Hazards (UQP, 2015), won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize, the WA Premier’s Book Awards, the AFAL John Bray Poetry Award, and the Queensland Literary Awards. She is a Senior Lecturer at QUT, the poetry editor of Island magazine, and editor of The Best Australian Poems 2016 (Black Inc.).