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The Jaguar : Winner of the 2023 Stella Prize - Sarah Holland-Batt
2023 Stella Prize

The Jaguar

Winner of the 2023 Stella Prize

By: Sarah Holland-Batt

Paperback | 3 May 2022

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A stunning new collection from one of Australia's finest poets - her most impressive work yet.

With electrifying boldness and fearlessness of vision, Sarah Holland-Batt confronts what it means to be mortal in an astonishing and deeply humane portrait of a father's Parkinson's Disease, and a daughter forged by grief.

Opening and closing with startling elegies set in the charged moments before and after a death, and compulsively probing the body's animal endurance and appetites, along with the metamorphoses of long illness, The Jaguar is marked by Holland-Batt's distinctive lyric intensity and linguistic mastery, along with a stark new clarity of voice.

In this collection Holland-Batt is at her most exacting and uncompromising- these ferociously intelligent, insistent poems refuse to look away, and challenge us to view ruthless witness as a form of love. The Jaguar is a devastating and mesmerising collection by a poet at the height of her powers.

About the Author

Sarah Holland-Batt is the author of The Hazards (UQP, 2015) and Aria (UQP, 2008), which won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, the Arts ACT Judith Wright Award, and the FAW Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted in both the New South Wales and Queensland Premiers' Literary Awards.

She is presently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology and the poetry editor of Island.

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