“Virago: A Poetic Manifesto” is both a book of poetry and a feminist manifesto. Both a collection of poetry and a queer, feminist, manifesto; Virago is the second poetry book by Fleassy Malay.
Never to be one to hide away from hard truths, Fleassy beautifully navigates the complex and nuanced landscape that is both the deeply personal and the innately political experience of being a woman.
As a collection of poetry, it offers a reflective and vulnerable insight into love, sex, mental health, grief and motherhood. As a manifesto, it is a fierce call to action for women, a reclamation of courage and vulnerability as strength, and a beacon of light in the darkness of a system that often forgets and silences so many.
Revealing the multiple facets of the authors lived experience as a queer woman, and a single mother, the book not only confronts some of the struggles and trials women face daily but presents an inspiring and empowering voice to those experiences. The book tackles hard truths such as systematic and interpersonal abuse, mental health issues, and grief, whilst also speaking honestly about love, sexuality, motherhood, power, spirituality and joy.