New Poetry with Audio!
Dominique Hecq is a Belgian-born writer now living in Melbourne. Painting was initially a means of overcoming writer’s block, but is has now become vital to her work. There is an abstract gestural poetry about her paintings that is hardly surprising given the interaction between the two media in her work. Her books include The Book of Elsa, Mythfits, Magic & Other Stories, The Gaze of Silence and with Russell Grigg and Craig Smith, Female Sexuality: The Early Psychoanalytic Controversies. She is also the author of One Eye Too Many and Cakes and Pains, two short plays. Good Grief & Other Poems is her most recent collection. Noisy Blood is forthcoming.
Fingers feel beneath crisp sheets. She waits–
in awe of ramshackle architecture,
fleshes out the curve of his desire. Watches
to see how it takes hold of him. Where it
surges from. What night. What unnameable
nothing. His hunger moves over her body
like hands. She throws herself in.
Catch-as-catch can; fight, bite, scratch–
he latches on her breast. Sucks and licks.
They kiss. Rock. Hold. Surrender–
He says their child will be patted and prodded
with affectionate indifference. She says
it’s pure wish-fulfilment on his part.
He laughs says he’s thinking of two
cockroaches impaled on a stick. She laughs,
thinks of winter comfort. The first camellias.
Last mulberries. The endless feast of being
fat with child. The pointed forgetting
of the end. The fears, agonizing and renascent.
And when he comes, she forgets it has nothing
to do with her. Hands fall on crumpled sheets.
The cool night takes all its clothes off
& on our uncropped lawn, shows off.
I shed all the things undreamed
on the blades of shadows unsung
& I listen.
The day breaks
into a ball of sounds that roll
& knock you over.
I lie on a mat of letters
like runners bristling up –
with offshoots bearing my body down.
A blade for a tongue
& cool, make a note
for the dreaming of the night.