Audrey Molloy was born in Dublin and grew up in Blackwater, County Wexford. A mother of three children, she is studying for a masters degree in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Manchester Metropolitan University. Southword Editions published a chapbook, Satyress, in 2020, the year after she received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry and the An Post Irish Book Award for Irish Poem of the Year. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies published in Ireland, England and Australia. She lives in Sydney.
The Important Things
‘ . . . know this: someone
once looked upon your life
and wished it were theirs.’
‘I blame Madonna’ is the arresting opening of one of the poems in Audrey Molloy’s remarkable and distinctive first collection. In an unusual display of different forms the book resounds with echoes of other writers but is the work of a true original. From ‘What We Learned at Loreto’ to ‘Lockdown Boogie’ it explores the surreal, the dreamt and the down-to-earth everyday in images laced with humour, science and sex. It chronicles the end of a marriage and the discovery of new love and renewed passion. ‘Know you tried’ concludes the book’s opening section. Its second part comprises a sequence of poems that mourn her mother, savour memories and rue missed opportunities. This is a woman’s tale reported in feisty, sensual and beautiful poetry.