South in the World is a dialogue between the earthly and the ethereal, reality and enchantment, body and spirit — those southern and northern poles by which we navigate the world.
The poems in this collection speak to family, love and daily living as well as a world blighted by cataclysm and touched by redemption. The book’s title sequence, ‘South in the World’, is a response to the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, which came within eleven kilometres of the poet’s home.
This is the new poetry collection from the author of the verse novel, The Sunlit Zone (Five Islands Press, 2012), which won the 2014 Adelaide Festival John Bray Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the 2013 Stella Prize, the 2012 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and, as a manuscript, for the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
Praise for South in the World:
Jacobson, however, is the sort of poet who finds meaning in such unilluminated corners of the canvas, her poems balancing their fidelity to history with wit and imagination, poised, as she says in 'Take Off', 'on the dreamy edge / of light and invention'.SARAH HOLLAND-BATT, AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW
The poems in Lisa Jacobson's remarkable book show how intensity of feeling can generate lyrical ease.CHRIS WALLACE-CRABBE, POET
Her style is vivid and immediate, her subjects, while sometimes everyday, are always handled deftly, unpredictably and with a sense of freshness and surprise.ANDREW WILKINS, BOOKS+PUBLISHING
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