‘I blame Madonna’ is the arresting opening of one of the poems in Audrey Molloy’s remarkable and distinctive first collection, The Important Things. 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. The Important Things is a woman’s tale reported in feisty, sensual and beautiful poetry.
Audrey Molloy has received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry and the An Post Irish Book Award for Irish Poem of the Year.
Born in Dublin and raised in the coastal village of Blackwater, County Wexford, Audrey now lives in Sydney. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the Manchester Writing School (Manchester Metropolitan University). Drawing on a range of influences from multimedia culture to science and medicine, her poetry explores aspects of modern femininity, motherhood, transformation and impermanence in lyrical verse and prose poems. Read more about Audrey on her blog.