Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning poet, editor and critic. She is the recipient of a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and an Australia Council Literature Residency in Rome, among other honours. She edited The Best Australian Poems 2016 and 2017 (Black Inc.) and is the author of Aria (UQP, 2008) and The Hazards (UQP, 2015), which received the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2016.
Magical thinking and the aged-care crisis
EssayHOW DID AUSTRALIAN aged care reach its current nadir? Countless inquiries and reviews have probed this question; postmortem after postmortem has dissected the policy and regulatory failures that have wrought the present abysmal state of affairs; a surfeit of recommendations...
PoetryWe drove for years past Super 8s & motor inns, blue neon swimming like luminol across the windscreen, cruised by phone booths & flamingo pink holiday courts with No/ Vacancy signs buzzing like the basest impulses of the id, took turnpikes destined for divorce &...