Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mastodon Dentist

One poem up in the new Mastodon Dentist here.

EDIT, looks like this should be changing to

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Isles Of Myst

One poem up at Isles of Myst here.

Apollo's Lyre

Five poems just up at Apollo's Lyre here.

Friday, December 28, 2007


One poem just posted at Subtletea here.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Taj Mahal Review

The Taj Mahal Review with two poems by me came today. It's very large and can be ordered in hard covers here.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Sein und Werden

There's a new Sein und Werden here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Poetry Monthly Jan 2008

I will be in my sixth Poetry Monthly in Jan 2008. It's available for download free as a pdf here, or as a print edition that can be ordered at that site.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Clockwise Cat Seven

Isse seven is decided and I have four poems in that when it comes. The five influenced by Larkin in issue six are here.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Osprey Journal

There's a new Scottish online Journal of arts and ideas called Osprey that just took a poem by me after about two hours. They are here and seem rather good.

Literary Chaos

The new thirtieth issue of Literary Chaos includes five poems by me here.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Clockwise Cat and Larkin

Five Larkin tributes are in Clockwise Cat here. Also in the zine are three Anne Sexton tributes by Misti Rainwater Lites.

Static Movement

Static Movement have a poem by me now. In January they will post "dolphins and regret" as well. They are here.

NeonBeam 3

Neonbeam has two poems by me in their new issue. It's here and opens a pdf at the link.


Emuse has come with a new issue where I have one poem. It's here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Novelletum will have five poems in their April 2008 issue here.

Literary Tonic

New poem at Lit Tonic here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Death Metal Poetry

New poem by me at Death Metal Poetry here. It's nothing to do with Death metal, nor is the magazine, but it is very influenced by The Fall - it's called "choirette of death."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Write Side Up

A poem I'm very pleased by is in issue eight of Write Side Up here. It will soon be available for purchase too.

Why vandalism?

A new issue of Why vandalism? is up at above link. One poem by me is here.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Gold Dust Magazine

Gold Dust 12 can be downloaded free (or even bought if you navigate from the link) at Lulu. The download opens here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Digitalis Obscura

Tonight the new issue of Digitalis Obscura goes live here. I have a poem in it. "pot lid."

My poem posted now here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Möbius for 2007 came today. it contains an OK poem by me about Trakl based on his De profundis and an excellent poem by George Wallace, along with many other goodies. It can be ordered here.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Poetry Cemetery

Four by me in the new Poetry Cemetery here.

Lit Chaos

Lit Chaos just accepted five poems including one long thing written about an hour before they accepted it. They are here.

Ranfurly Review

"three questions" by me is in the first issue of Ranfurly Review which is available as a free pdf here.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Rain over Bouville

Rain over Bouville who are here were kind enough to just say they would use two or three poems in their issue in January.

Static Movement

Not only is Static Motion Anthology not defunct, as Duotrope wrongly implies, but they have resurrected Static Movement here and were kind enough to accept "pencil-neck flowers" which I actually wrote earlier this afternoon. (edit: posted now here.)

The Indie Underground

The Indie Underground has finally arrived. There are a few poems there by me in the first issue here. They are putting the site up as I write this but I believe there are five poems there, though i see that you're only meant to submit four. It looks like it will be an excellent zine.

Down in the Dirt

At, which is here, one can download or order print down in the dirt. I am in issues 51-54, December is 53, and there's just a wretched haiku in that one, but in 54 in January is "dog eye variations" which I quite like.

Epicenters & Edith Sitwell

The new issue of Epicenters which is here includes a poem by me called "street song for Edith Sitwell" which is here.

Poetic Diversity

Easily the worst poem ever written, by me or anyone else, in the new issue of Poetic Diversity here.

There is a great review of my chapbook however here by the editor Marie Lecrivain..

Friday, November 30, 2007

Death Metal Poetry

Death Metal Poetry, who are here, will be posting a thing on 10/12/2007.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Kill Poet

One poem just taken by Kill Poet Press for issue three which will be appearing here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Blue House

Just had three poems accepted by The Blue House, who are here. I'm pleased to say that the lady editor took only fifty minutes to accept them, and did so with a mighty compliment. They are rather good actually. Coming in February 2008.

Red Pulp Underground

Three new poems in Red Pulp Underground for December been posted here.

Monday, November 26, 2007


At Flutter Poetry Journal they just posted December's issue here with one poem by me about smoking on the balcony in the cold Swedish winter and why I like that.

Blotter rag

Blotter Magazine is a free magazine in a few cities like Austin and New York. Unusually for me I have a straight religious poem called "God's coffers" in an issue that I received today. It can be ordered here.

I just noticed that after allowing a few ads on Zonealarm you can open a pfd of the issue here.

Why vandalism?

The poem "earning night" was just accepted by "why vandalism?" for their December issue which will be here.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Gloom Cupboard

The blogzine Gloom Cupboard comes very often and has really good shit in it. I just had a poem accepted for a print edition in early 2008. The webpage is here and in the links to the right is a link to my poem there "he chronic psychiatrisation of mankind"

mining abandoned meanings

mining abandoned meanings

nothing lies on the morning's light-stained plate
and spatters our eyes with its tortuous abandoned
abortion, all the meanings that ever deserted words
and left the gods as these desolate orphans

we are, emptiness forgotten in our convivial hell,
where we long to slaughter our brothers and
sisters, the missing kisses of our desert nurture
where the winds that brushed our young limbs

burned their tender torment when life is death already.
heaven is whores' heroin and religion is crank for cretins
and other derivative christians, love but a bucket
of blood and cum and the scars on our faces

are the tracks of neglected addictions, the needle in the neck
and children's feckless dismemberment of memory, happier by far
swallowing a bottle of the forgetting, for only the blood's
rush is heaven for us, hell's patronising retention -

the slow drum that sings the cradle in the rushes
and hands us the fingers that touch. and the dead stand,
resolute and reticent brave in their graves, and lie
about resurrection, God's vague intention we dreamed once;

though we know so well today that only meat's decay
ever waited for anyone, the knives and guns we love,
like cum and cunt enough for love, hell below us,
hell above, and love the weakest of any drug ...

and yet enough, the sedge that withers beneath us
and the vulture that sings of letters postmarked nowhere,
meaning and meaning's oblivion, Being being oblivion's
menacing meaning, i choose to call them "poems"

almost alone, the truths we have known, faceless
places, and the whores we've grown, the grave
that feeds the cold meat and me still greedy
for the bleeding, a book for devils to read

the sadness of love's bad seed

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Yet another in Decanto, making I believe nine issues I am in with today's poem included. A review of my chapbook coming in December's issue, I think it is, and a centre stage poet feature in August 2008 with three poems and a little interview. And now "the crows" coming in one future issue. Details about ordering here.

Poetry Cemetery

Poetry Cemetery just took five poems for an issue posted at the end of November. Their site is here. Congenially, their editor wrote that he was sorry that they had taken so long, and they had in fact only two months.

Egregious Stupidity

Here one may read a maybe less intelligent person from Sweden who, shielded by anonymity, has treated us to some very bad and ungrammatical English. Does this person not realise that it is defending a history of racism and nazism? It probably is a "patriot," in fact, and as one would imagine the IQ hovers around zero. They have not understood the poems in question. Perhaps they don't like Jews?

Nothing wrong with the average Swede. There's a hell of a lot wrong with this sort of mindless cripple.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gentle Strength Quarterly

Gentle Strength Quarterly will be taking "refrain for Allen Ginsberg" in their Fall 2007 issue. It can be ordered here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Joe Brainard's Pyjamas

Two poems posted at Joe Brainard's Pyjamas here.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Flutter Poetry Journal

Flutter have taken "better than heaven" for their next, December, issue. They are here.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Concrete Meat Sheet

Just heard that the Concrete Meat Sheet with me in will be coming just before or after the New Year. it can be ordered here.

Sein und Werden

Sein und Werden have just taken two poems, one for the print issue and one for the online issue. Issue 2.3 it will be. That's the fourth time Rachel has done that and I'm very pleased of course. Her Kiss the Witch is here. That makes 144 magazines online or in print that have stuff coming or already published. You can, and should, buy my chapbook here.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Neon Beam Issue iii

Neonbeam just took "abyss" and "falling false" for issue III. The issue will be downloadable here.

Apollo's Lyre

Six old ones just accepted by Apollo's Lyre though one was already used so that will be five I suppose. A submission that I assumed to be dead long ago.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Zygote in my Coffee

My poem "God's putrid pizza" is in issue 99 of ZIMC here

Monday, November 12, 2007

Review of Chapbook

I post this which Henry Long, poet and painter, just wrote a review of my chapbook that can be bought at Lulu

Review of David McLean’s “a hunger for mourning.”

By Henry Long

What may seem at first to have Dada acrobatics in mind, upon closer review reveals even deeper truths. Truths McLean allows himself to unapologetically poke at, have fun with,
challenge. Sometimes even strangle with his bare hands.

God comes up frequently. As does Derrida, Chronos, and, of course, Death. These are almost characters, part of McLean’s own fractured play of self, carefully reassembled, like a model airplane kit sans instruction sheet. His keyboard being the pungent narcotic glue, as in the poem “role playing:”

“we play ourselves as realistically
as we may, as though a second
could be chopped from chipped
time with some handy axe
and sculpted to cold eternity…”

This is in-your-lap poetry. In-your-head stuff. Under your skin. Not for the bar read, or the slam, or the spoken word album or the hip hopping hipster crowd. This is poetry pouring out the fatal wound, uncoagulated, at times mixed with semen, spit and bile. This is a good thing. A purging. The small green peas from Mclean’s Baudelairian liver strung together like fresh water pearls.

"a hunger for mourning" is composed of writing completed (in one take?) “over the last two or three weeks.” Along the way on his journey around the cave, Mclean makes pit stops at Infantilism, Psychology, The Greeks. He eats at dirty ideas of Manhood, Mankind, the “crippled oblivion” of Christianity, and finally shacks up for the night, embracing what seems to be an almost co-dependent love/hate relationship with Nature...

From “the crows 2:”

“…the animal finality
kind life
the black that dawns
her slaughter

There is a sweetness to these works as well, something which the poet himself might shrug off as a reader’s own sentimental prejudices, but it is there never-the-less. His empathies with the infirmed, for example, as in one of my favorites, “mental health:”

“…they are unhappy not
handicapped, they are just
human, these self-injuring children…”

And again, in the striking and powerful “my father in the trees:”

“…he is the leaves and branches and the
absence, the abhorrence in which I hold
nature and history. He would have answered
me, as well as the words given him at
least, but I demanded no
answers in his lifetime for I was
this memory already, and dead then
as now he.”

David Mclean is not an easy read. The cover (a wide-eyed grinning skull balancing an axis composed of three fading, somber, bearded McLeans) lets the reader know what kind of mirror work lies ahead. His disdain for punctuation and capitalization may even cause some readers to drag along the lines, trolling to find the right rhythm, or the author’s intended voice. This is of little consequence, as these poems are but a slice of the night. A few hours spent in conversation beside a slowly dying fire, the cold pressing in at the rattling cabin door, and our bellies rumbling, impossibly hungry for more.

Buy this book and read it. Share it with a close friend, perhaps. Leave it out so others will see it and ask, "What is this?" Then try to answer. It deserves your time and attention...

From “time melts:”

"...(and time dies
like these crippled children
that scream to God
“look, daddy, you beautiful bastard, I can forget you!”

just like poems do.)”

You will not so quickly forget “a hunger for mourning.”

Sunday, November 11, 2007


One poem coming in the December issue of Emuse zine here.


Three poems in the first issue of the print zine Agua by Scintillating Publications that can probably be ordered here.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Pennine Ink

Just had one accepted by the magazine Pennine Ink. For winter issue. Can be ordered from

Pennine Ink
c/o Mid Pennine Arts
The Gallery Downstairs
Yorke St
BB11 1 HD
UK £3

Green Silk Journal

One more on Rilke up here at Green Silk Journal. Though i don't like Rilke.

Bleed Magazine

Bleed Magazine were kind enough to accept "shattered semantics" for their first issue, their website is here.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Clockwise Cat

Pleased to say that Alison Ross just accepted five things by me, all influenced by Larkin and in his style, for her next issue. Clockwise Cat is here. Read the current issue.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Clockwise Cat

There's new Clockwise Cat here and there's five poems by me here. Also two reviews of books I did by Rob Plath and Misti Rainwater Lites.

Monday, November 5, 2007

New at Poet's Letter

There's one new poem posted at Poet's Letter here. It's called "Rilke's friend and the clouds." I don't like Rilke's condescension at all. He's actually terribly boring and the vaunted philosophical content almost non-existent.


Epicenters whose site is here have accepted "street song for Edith Sitwell" for their December issue. Good for them.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Demian Bell and the Maypole Blues band

I just wrote a review of their album Blue Feeling that Demian posted at the band's MySpace. Excellent very authentic blues.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Poet's Letter

The magazine Poet's Letter just posted online a poet in residence page for November 2007 with me as the month's poet. In my rambling madness I have written a garbled article or essay there about "why i write poems." The magazine has had a few problems with the website but all that seems resolved. It's here

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Ordering direct from Sweden

I have a page on Bokbö here. The chapbook "a hunger for mourning" can be ordered there for ca 90 SEK including postage, or £7 or $14, including postage (surface mail). Payment by PayPal, bank account transfer, or even well-hidden cash in an envelope

Taj Mahal Review

I just had two poems accepted by Taj Mahla Review coming in December. It contains a hell of a lot of poetry, including me and Rob Plath, and can be ordered here. So I'm pleased to say that I am in a magazine from India now, as well as in zines from Argentina, Turkey and Thailand.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A poem

This is a poem that isn't in the chapbook, it was taken by a magazine that promptly folded so I don't know what to do with it.

passing women

we pass women in the streets
we may compare them to broken leaves
if we will, or sheets that carpet a bed’s morning
with seeded sorrow -
we may compare them to tomorrows
no one bothered to remember
until they were dismembered as yesterdays -
or to a potency poisoned
by billboards and posters
posing beauty in their immaculate attentions -
or to a potential poetry they themselves never noticed.

we can compare them to anything, really,
except their conscious beings, their selves’
most private intentions –
these evade the most patient re-collection

A second review

Ceris was just kind enough to post this review of me too: Its at MySpace here

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Review : David Mclean
Category: Writing and Poetry
a hunger for mourning by David McLean

A review

David McLean is no slouch when it comes to putting words onto the page - if you've witnessed his prodigious output on his myspace page it will come as no surprise that the 40 or so poems in a hunger for mourning were all written within the space of two or three weeks.

So don't buy this book if you're looking for polished gems cut and honed to perfection, what you get here is not so much a collection as a slice of the life of the muse of David McLean - and what a powerful muse it is! It's a worm of the dragon kind, though he keeps his wings folded, compulsively snouting through the undergrowth and the detritus layers of the soil looking for bitter roots to chew and bones to blacken, and just occasionally looking up with a curiously boy-like twinkle in his eyes. So relentless is this beast that sometimes the poet seems to tire of the effort of controlling it - here and there a poem tapers off or succumbs to flippancy, and some words become repetitive and rob his vision of some of it's potency - but mostly he maintains a determinedly persistent course. (You may need a dictionary for some of his words, by the way, I did!)

His themes are consistent, his humour dry and his vision dark, and poems often seem to morph one into the other. It might all become too familiar if it were not for the poet's able wordcraft and that incredibly strong sense of his muse writhing it's way through it all.

There is some fine poetry here, but I have no doubt the poet would be stunned if anyone were to make too many claims for what is, after all, just the poems that he happened to write in those particular two or three weeks in a year of apparently non-stop writing. What excites most is the prospect of meeting that muse again six months down the line, I have no doubt I will recognise it - or will I?

The real reason you should get yourself a copy of a hunger for mourning is not to pick out any one treasure, but to marvel at the living entity that is the ongoing poetic progeny of David McLean

a hunger for mourning by David McLean is available from

A New Review

Misti Rainwater Lites is having her baby now, but posted a new review of me. (She prioritized right.) Buy the book at Lulu. Here's the review:

"I'm in labor as I write this review, which shows how much I love David McLean's poetry. David's poems philosophize with spits and snarls. The poems are well-crafted without being bone dry and boring. In short, David's poetry contains meaty, juicy lines, lines you can sink your teeth into. Although A Hunger For Mourning is available as a download, I recommend buying an actual copy of the book so you will have something tangible and solid in your hands that you can return to again and again. And David needs money for Swedish beer. It isn't as cheap as you might think."

Unlikely Stories

There's three poems by me now at Unlikely Stories. Actually OK poems I believe.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Book for sale in Sweden

My chapbook "a hunger for mourning" can now be ordered from Bokbörsen by searching for David McLean or "a hunger for mourning." It's 70 crowns plus postage, payable to my bank account.

People outside Sweden can still order from Lulu of course, and anybody, a swell as buying it in print for $10, (@ 70 SEK) can get it there for only $1.25 (about 10 SEK) as a download.

Lost Beat Poetry

A poem by me just posted at Lost Beat Poetry called carcass

I think Ron Cervero would like more submissions to LBP. His succinct guidelines follow:

Here at Lost Beat Poetry we value your work. It can be dark, funny, anything! Non rhyming preferred. The only guidelines are: Paste your poems in the body of the email. Please paste the poems & Bio if desired with the poem titles in the subject line. Just send your best stuff... We want to see what you got! Please send up to 3 poems. Email submissions only to:

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dance to Death

Issue VII of D2D includes a poem by me...

The poems in my chapbook are better and are at Lulu

Additionally, Carthage should be destroyed and my chapbook purchased or downloaded.

Poetic Legacy

I have a new poem "goodbye Anne Sexton" posted at Michael Lee Johnson's Webzine Poetic Legacy

Just wrote it a day and a half ago so I'm pleased.

Just to remind the reader that "a hunger for mourning" is available at Lulu for $1.25 a download or $10 print

Saturday, October 27, 2007


TELEGRAF is out and i have two poems in the first issue. The link opens a pdf by the way, in case you don't like Adobe.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Target Audience Magazine

Target Audience Magazine just accepted a poem for the Winter issue.

Don't forget to download or order a print edition of my chapbook at

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Indite Circle

New poems by me posted at Indite Circle

Poems at Literary Chaos

Three new poems were just posted at Lit Chaos. dawn's roses, fragments, and of psychiatry. Clicking the title above works as a link to the three poems. Here's a link to Lulu to buy the chapbook.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

a sample poem

To whet the reader's appetite, i hope, here's one poem from the thing.


half past six is almost night
and the gone dead sun shines
nothing on us, i welcome cold like
a cloak smoking on the balcony
in shorts, and i hope that the sun
that loves us comes again tomorrow
and i hope that in every passionate
flat in every house i see before me
everybody over sixteen gets to fuck
at least twice tonight with someone
they will love for the rest of their life
and i hope that time will be kind
to them and they kind to

a hunger for mourning

Erbacce press has been kind enough to let me do a chapbook with them, "a hunger for mourning" - it's available at Lulu or it can be ordered from erbacce.

It contains 52 poems, 40 pages, and costs only $1.25 to download, though print is $10.00.

There's more information at MySpace

It's about love, orgasm, death, and the Nothing that haunts us. God receives copious faecal facials.

Misti Rainwater Lites and Rob Plath have written blurbs on the back cover. If they like it so should you, maybe, maybe I should too.