Poetry round-up: Audrey Molloy’s curious sensuality makes even the difficult moments deeply pleasurable

Plus new poetry from Justin Quinn, Catriona Clutterbuck and Andrew McMillan

Audrey Molloy: This collection of poems is full of Molloy’s signature note – tactile, playful, rueful.

Audrey Molloy: This collection of poems is full of Molloy’s signature note – tactile, playful, rueful.

Audrey Molloy’s The Important Things (Gallery, €11.95) begins with a game, “…called Musical Wives/ and she was ahead. We sat in our bias-cut slips,/ sipping vermouth in bare feet and lipstick,/ and she told me his genitals looked different…” (The Apprentice). This is Molloy’s signature note, tactile, playful, rueful. There is a sense of explosions ahead, yet death and divorce are brightened by Molloy’s curious sensuality which makes even the difficult moments deeply pleasurable:

There’s a word in Scots Gaelic – sgrìob 
which refers to the tingle on the upper lip
just before you take a sip of whisky.

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