A startling exploration into the beautiful, erotic, difficult, and sometimes surreal corners of modern femininity, Audrey Molloy’s Satyress figuratively peels back a woman’s skin to bear witness to the painful loss (and subsequent rediscovery) of sensuality. Beneath the skin reside creatures – real and imagined – as diverse as pelican, salmon and satyr.
Navigating ageing, marriage, motherhood, and the riptides of heartbreak and new love, Satyress traverses emotional landscapes, revealing the complex arcs of intimacy one develops with one’s body and one’s self.
Praise for Satyress
Satyress received 2nd prize in the 2019 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition and was joint-runner up in the 2019 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.
Satyress has special qualities that mark it for serious critical attention; the unusual style of the syntax gives these poems an internal spark and enduring ‘sound’ rarely seen at this stage of a poet’s career. I’m confident that her debut pamphlet will be a major success.”
–Anthony Lawrence, author of Headwaters (Pitt Street Poetry, awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry 2017)
This is an exceptionally fine first pamphlet. Audrey Molloy has an instinctive feel for line and form, which allows her wonderful sense of controlled wildness to co-exist with a delicate precision. Her range is impressive with both lyric and narrative in harmony. Already a master of mood as well as form, her potential feels boundless.”
–Martina Evans, author of Now We Can Talk Openly About Men (Carcanet Poetry, 2018)
Audrey Molloy’s poetry is a revelation. Her intricately woven poems, laced as they are throughout with exquisite imagery, tease the reader towards often startling moments of clarity. Hers will be one of the major voices in Irish poetry over the coming decade.”
–Kevin Higgins, author of Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital (Salmon Poetry, 2019)
Audrey Molloy’s poems are marked by crystal-clear imagery and a mastery of form. When she conjures a scene, you inhabit it, and when she relays a memory, it emerges from the word fully formed and breathing upon the page.
–Ricky Ray, author of Fealty (Diode Editions, 2019)
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