DIRTY H2O

Hi, poetry lovers (and folks who thought they could access something saucy through my title). (Well, you can, actually, so read on …)
My new book!
Yes, it has been released into the world and it looks a little like this:
final cover copyActually – exactly like that. Cover image is by the fabulously talented Kit Kelen (Painting #48 from Pictures of Nothing at All, Macao Museum of Art 2014).

This book contains poetry written between the years 2010-2014. So if you were between my sheets during this time, you might want to see if you feature in it …

The book itself: DIRTY H2O hones in on the gritty, sexy and disturbing things people do to/with each other on various levels: political, social, personal and historical. While dealing with the dirt, the collection, nonetheless, makes space for forgiveness and love. Chris Mansell says about DIRTY H2O: ‘Turbulent, hot and irascible, Thibodeaux’s work is Top End true, by which I mean, true poetry. Poetry that knows its place but never knows its place.’

So you want to buy it, yeah ..? Of course you do! It’s only $15! Best to buy it here:

http://mullamullapress.com/Dirty-H2O-by-Sandra-Thibodeaux-mulla-mulla-press

Alternatively, you can hit me up on: sandrattx@gmail.com

I am about to take down from this site any of the poetry that is contained in the book. So, quick – download and save to your desktop! No, of course you won’t do that. I’m sure you’ll support independent publishers and that most threatened of species, the poet, through purchasing this book. I’d be very grateful for the opportunity to rest by your pillow.

Thank you for all the reading – past, present and future. And thank you, Mulla Mulla Press. x

At my WordStorm launch. Photo: Jen Jewel Brown

At my WordStorm launch.
Photo: Jen Jewel Brown

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Prettier Suns

Mediation

Leo,
drop the pride.

Cancer,
you’re not the only one needing pain relief.

Mars glares at the others
in a cardinal cross
you’ve both been hammered on.

Leo,
it’s only a shell
and the meat is sweet.

Cancer,
it’s just a roar
without teeth.

The sun has Leo,
the moon has Cancer
and would rather not talk about it.

The sun has Leo,
the moon has Cancer
but what’s this ownership about?

It’s about fear.
You should own up to that
and move into love.

The moon eclipses the sun –
not enough to block his burn,
but enough to make him prettier
than he is.

She makes you prettier, Leo,
and you make her beam.
So calm that self-immolating sun.
You haven’t finished this path.
You’ve just begun.

Annular Solar Eclipse (NASA photo)

Annular Solar Eclipse (NASA photo)

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Saturdays with Sauce

Saturdays with Sauce

Bus stops and tomato sauce
are inseparable.

*
The nutter
will always find you.

*
What makes hot buns cross? What cross
did you bear when my arms went cold?

*
We were inseparable
and the surgery was cruel.

*
What could possibly
alarm an alarm?
It’s already screaming his name
this fucking early.

*
Sometimes you’ll bruise legs
getting a spider or a lover
past their death wish.

*
Poster sells ‘The Lost Boys’.
But aren’t they all?
All aching for the womb but fighting reason
and the GPS.

*
Muscle and tatts but scared stiff
her long, blonde hair will be too strong for him.

*
Two things died on their heartfelt leap to beauty.
One was a frog.
I was there at the time.

*
Autotype punches ‘orgasm’,
‘orgasm’. But it’s ‘organising’
I’m after, and not for a threesome.

*
Intimacy. No. None of that.
A man’s body finds mine
and I scream and have to apologise
to the bus stop: ‘Sorry.
Was not expecting flesh.’

*
All of that
on a messed up Saturday morning
with too many deadlines and not enough sex
or frogs.
Then he says he’s proud of me.
And buns, crosses and tomato sauce
make sense at last.
And it’s almost happiness.
Perhaps not at this stop
but the one after.

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Matchbox Engineer

Matchbox Engineer

Trying not to burn bridges
but your fingers hiss like flame throwers,
your hair is soaked in metho
and your feet tap
tunes for a bomb.
Trying not to burn bridges
but you watch him drive away
without objections.
Your hair reeks.
Your feet would chase after him
but they’re somewhere beneath a bridge
and an incoming tide.
You are no engineer
and struggle with bridges,
burning or saving.
Due to this lack of training,
your lover leaves you
with a river of grief
to cross.

 

 

 

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Double-Shot Homeless

fish heads edited

 

 

 

 

 

Double-Shot Homeless
we’re all on the brink of crazy. we pick
our scabs in the street, ride
caffeine like horses, take
the hand squeeze.
we wet our faces
when nothing can be done, forget
our words, whisper
when the pain hurts our ears. we eat
what little we can – our guts
crammed with pleas
unspoken.
we wish our mothers would rise. we wish
our mothers would rise. we lose
our sons,
breathe other families heading home.

Pleasures grow small,
laughter crawls.
In the morning, rosella petals,
tissue-thin but, nonetheless, pink.

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Please don’t walk in the dark

Please don’t walk in the dark

She buys the wrong aftershave –
florals that hide your natural musk.

She tries your dirty talk. But it sounds
like a talking book for the blind
without the verbs.

You’re working blind, poor thing,
bungling love and loss
without your glasses.

*
Huntsman keeps a grasshopper in her clutches.
Holding on to him is holding on to death.
You’re meant to eat him. You’re meant to taste.

*
Frog is fading in the sink.
It’s hard to save something that small
but that’s what your heart’s for.

*
You wear the new scent
so I will forget you,
so I will look for you and come to a dead end.

I refresh my old scent
so you can find me
and to remind you we’re older than Valentine’s Day.

*
In a group-devised, stream-of-consciousness poem,
the word that drops from my lips
is ‘lost’.
Countryman tells me, yes, I’m going the right way
but, please, don’t walk in the dark.

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Do we need to test this again?

Do we need to test this again?

Leaves pile by the door. Gecko
scat arrives in threes. The dog
whines when I leave.

I understand exile.
It’s a metre or a month
away from your scent.

The hermit crab drags
a circle through the sand.
And here you are again.

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