Poet of the Month for March is Jakob Ziguras. Jakob was born in Poland in 1977 to Polish and Greek parents and came to Australia in 1984. He studied fine arts before completing a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Sydney. His poetry has been published in Meanjin, Australian Poetry, Mascara, Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry, Snorkel and Southerly. He was a finalist in the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2012, and won the 2011 Harri Jones Memorial Prize and the 2013 David Harold Tribe Poetry Prize. He lives in the Blue Mountains and teaches philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
His book of poems Chains of Snow can be purchased directly through the Pitt Street Poetry website: http:http://pittstreetpoetry.com/jakob-ziguras/.
Jakob Ziguras is a very different sort of poet and it is no surprise to see the imprimatur of both Kevin Hart and Stephen Edgar on his first book, Chains of Snow.—Geoff Page
Jakob Ziguras’s poetry is born out of that high style of address where intellect and scholarship meet demanding form and produce feeling. He moves through both time and space, from the ancient philosophers through to contemporary observation. He is an elegant and authoritative poet.—George Szirtes
Jakob Ziguras’s début collection is an invigorating blend of the classical and the modern, the formal and the informal. Here is a mature, deeply thoughtful voice which gives immediate pleasure and which will be heard with respect by all.—Kevin Hart