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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Audrey Molloy was born in Dublin and spent her formative years in rural Wexford. She now lives in Sydney, where she works as a medical writer and editor. Her poetry has been published in Australia, Ireland, the UK and the USA, and has recently appeared in Australian Poetry Anthology, Headstuff and Orbis. She was short-listed for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets 2016.

Audrey Molloy


Directions Scribbled on a Gum

Study the creamy zigzagged skin
Decipher what others have failed to read
Trace the code with your fingertips
Catch its strains on the cockatoo's scream
Probe the knotholes with your tongue
Smear the sap on your belly and thighs
Curl naked in the hollow trunk
Listen to the whisper of moth larvae
Reach your arms up to the heartwood
Cradle it in your hands like truth