Dress Rehearsals

by Madison Godfrey


A memoir made of poetry, Dress Rehearsals documents a decade of performing womanhood in a non-binary body. My femininity is not a survival instinct, it is a song. In their brilliant new poetry collection, Madison Godfrey documents a decade of performing womanhood, from teenage fangirl to tender femme. Godfrey's poems approach the autobiographical body as a site of the everyday and the surreal: experiencing first crushes, mosh pits, sharpened nails, gender euphoria, and the complicated colours of desire and memory. Darkly witty and deeply confessional, Dress Rehearsals is a love story to the queer self. This coming-of-age memoir asks, what does it mean to wear femininity into the world, when it constitutes both a bullseye and a ballgown? 'I inhaled this book.' Dylin Hardcastle, author of Below Deck 'Madison Godfrey wields words with exquisite precision and Dress Rehearsals is as taught, seductive and deadly as a femme fatale herself. These are poems to impale yourself on. A work of distilled genius.' Yves Rees, author of All About Yves

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128 Pages
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Published: March 2023
ISBN: 9781761068577

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