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Notes

  • Dedication: For O. M. C.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Elwood, Caulfield - St Kilda area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,:John Leonard Press , 2007 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Man Is Wolf to Mani"Until the consummation of things:", L. K. Holt , single work poetry (p. 1)
Sleeping at the Tram Stopi"The post is cold at first but it will soon mimic", L. K. Holt , single work poetry (p. 3)
Note: With title 'Sleeping Against a Signpost'
Slaughter Housei"After the pageantry of pain comes a formal feeling;", L. K. Holt , single work poetry (p. 4)
My Lover Meets the Bower Birdi"He nods at the silence then tries out his love song;", L. K. Holt , single work poetry (p. 9)
The Children and the Worldi"The children go to school and they come back", L. K. Holt , single work poetry (p. 48)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Keeps : With Patience, Mutiny and Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 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)

    Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2014

Works about this Work

'As the New / Gets Newer' : Rethinking the Possibilities of a New Australian Lyric Claire Nashar , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 2 2013; (p. 153-164)
An Exercise in Googling Bill Phillips , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 4 2010; (p. 36-38)

— Review of Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry

'L.K. Holt does not wear her learning lightly, and unless her intention is simply to impress with evocative terms and exotic references, she presumably expects her readers to do some heavy duty investigative work on Google. The first poem in the collection, “Man is Wolf to Man” depicts man’s bestial violence, a violence that seems biologically determined, or divinely ordained: “A man hangs / like an amulet. His death to counter- / weight the deaths by his hand, / assuming God has a sense of balance.” The enjambment of counter- / weight dividing His death from deaths by his hand, although predictable, is nonetheless effective, but the following line, “The skeleton in the sand of Ash Sham” sends us scurrying to discover that Ash Sham is another name for Damascus. Further enquiry reveals that in the twelfth century there was indeed a man of violence, Reginald of Chatillon-sur-Marne, a Frankish crusader, known as “The Wolf” by the afflicted Damascenes. Is this what she is referring to? But surely a crusader would not have worn a “Shirt unbuttoned / to show a cage of sand, the blindfold / blown off his three eyeholes.” No, she must be referring to the murder of a hostage by terrorists, or perhaps the victim of a CIA operation. Who knows? Is this our task as readers, to try and find out?' (Introduction)

Untitled Michael Byrne , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Voice : A Journal of Comment and Review , June no. 34 2010; (p. 44-45)

— Review of Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry
Kim Cheng Boey Reviews Man Wolf Man by L.K.Holt Kim Cheng Boey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , November no. 6 2009;

— Review of Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry
At the Crossroads : Australian Poetry 2008-2009 Julian Croft , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 54 no. 1 2009; (p. 115-127)

— Review of The Golden Bird Robert Adamson , 2008 single work poetry ; View from the Lucky Hotel Sandy Fitts , 2008 selected work poetry ; Theatre Alison Croggon , 2008 selected work poetry ; Letters to the Tremulous Hand Elizabeth Campbell , 2007 selected work poetry ; Vincent Buckley : Collected Poems Vincent Buckley , 2009 selected work poetry ; True Thoughts Pamela Brown , 2008 selected work poetry ; The Other Way Out Bronwyn Lea , 2007 single work poetry ; Bark Anthony Lawrence , 2008 selected work poetry ; Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella , 2008 selected work poetry prose ; Growing Up With Mr Menzies John Jenkins , 2008 selected work poetry ; Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry ; Aria Sarah Holland-Batt , 2008 selected work poetry ; Autographs : 56 Poems in Prose Alex Skovron , 2006 selected work poetry ; Ambulances and Dreamers Bel Schenk , 2008 selected work poetry ; Speed and Other Liberties Andrew Sant , 2008 selected work poetry ; Therapy Like Fish : New and Selected Poems Marcella Polain , 2008 selected work poetry ; Sixty Classic Australian Poems Geoff Page , 2009 single work criticism ; Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen , 2008 selected work poetry ; The Incoming Tide Petra White , 2007 selected work poetry ; Southern Edge : Three Stories in Verse Barbara Temperton , 2009 selected work poetry
Generation of '08? Maria Takolander , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 301 2008; (p. 60)

— Review of Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry ; Letters to the Tremulous Hand Elizabeth Campbell , 2007 selected work poetry
At the Crossroads : Australian Poetry 2008-2009 Julian Croft , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 54 no. 1 2009; (p. 115-127)

— Review of The Golden Bird Robert Adamson , 2008 single work poetry ; View from the Lucky Hotel Sandy Fitts , 2008 selected work poetry ; Theatre Alison Croggon , 2008 selected work poetry ; Letters to the Tremulous Hand Elizabeth Campbell , 2007 selected work poetry ; Vincent Buckley : Collected Poems Vincent Buckley , 2009 selected work poetry ; True Thoughts Pamela Brown , 2008 selected work poetry ; The Other Way Out Bronwyn Lea , 2007 single work poetry ; Bark Anthony Lawrence , 2008 selected work poetry ; Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella , 2008 selected work poetry prose ; Growing Up With Mr Menzies John Jenkins , 2008 selected work poetry ; Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry ; Aria Sarah Holland-Batt , 2008 selected work poetry ; Autographs : 56 Poems in Prose Alex Skovron , 2006 selected work poetry ; Ambulances and Dreamers Bel Schenk , 2008 selected work poetry ; Speed and Other Liberties Andrew Sant , 2008 selected work poetry ; Therapy Like Fish : New and Selected Poems Marcella Polain , 2008 selected work poetry ; Sixty Classic Australian Poems Geoff Page , 2009 single work criticism ; Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen , 2008 selected work poetry ; The Incoming Tide Petra White , 2007 selected work poetry ; Southern Edge : Three Stories in Verse Barbara Temperton , 2009 selected work poetry
Kim Cheng Boey Reviews Man Wolf Man by L.K.Holt Kim Cheng Boey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , November no. 6 2009;

— Review of Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry
Untitled Michael Byrne , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Voice : A Journal of Comment and Review , June no. 34 2010; (p. 44-45)

— Review of Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry
An Exercise in Googling Bill Phillips , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 4 2010; (p. 36-38)

— Review of Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt , 2007 selected work poetry

'L.K. Holt does not wear her learning lightly, and unless her intention is simply to impress with evocative terms and exotic references, she presumably expects her readers to do some heavy duty investigative work on Google. The first poem in the collection, “Man is Wolf to Man” depicts man’s bestial violence, a violence that seems biologically determined, or divinely ordained: “A man hangs / like an amulet. His death to counter- / weight the deaths by his hand, / assuming God has a sense of balance.” The enjambment of counter- / weight dividing His death from deaths by his hand, although predictable, is nonetheless effective, but the following line, “The skeleton in the sand of Ash Sham” sends us scurrying to discover that Ash Sham is another name for Damascus. Further enquiry reveals that in the twelfth century there was indeed a man of violence, Reginald of Chatillon-sur-Marne, a Frankish crusader, known as “The Wolf” by the afflicted Damascenes. Is this what she is referring to? But surely a crusader would not have worn a “Shirt unbuttoned / to show a cage of sand, the blindfold / blown off his three eyeholes.” No, she must be referring to the murder of a hostage by terrorists, or perhaps the victim of a CIA operation. Who knows? Is this our task as readers, to try and find out?' (Introduction)

'As the New / Gets Newer' : Rethinking the Possibilities of a New Australian Lyric Claire Nashar , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 2 2013; (p. 153-164)
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