Audrey Molloy’s second collection probes ideas of home across her native Ireland and Australia, where she now lives. The ‘pure sheen’ of a horse chestnut makes way for the ‘minty scent’ of gum trees in her adopted home where the sea is reassuringly familiar but plants are often not what they seem:
You are my ocean—
blue cocktail of salt and sediment—
but you are not my leaf.
In a dazzling variety of forms, these poems reflect Molloy’s transnational identity as an Irish woman living in Australia and the tension and dialogue that exists between two cultures. One part memory, two parts love letter to the sea, with dashes of longing, sass and a nip of melancholia, The Blue Cocktail is strange, sexy and intoxicating.