Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twisted Tongue

Twisted Tongue fourteen is now avaialble at lulu, four poems by me, but an out of date bio, so ignore that. Get it as free pdf here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Paradigm Vol 3

Pleased to say that my poem to wake from this sanity, an unabashedly Foucauldian piece, has been chosen for inclusion in the third print version of Paradigm Journal, which will be on sale in bookstores, and at Barnes & Noble and Amazon online.

Have a nice day, and try to remember not to touch your genitals in public.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Esprit De Corps

Since I submit very little now it is gratifying that three poems will be in the premier issue of Esprit De Corps coming round the new year. This is a new UK left-leaning literary print magazine and it will be cool to be in them. (The link is to their website, until that is constructed it redirects to their Facebook group.)

Spark Bright

Also work in the new third issue of Spark Bright, along with poems by Andrew Taylor and many others.


Three also up at Nice to have them there.

Mung Being

One of the few zines either online or in print that I would still submit to is Mung Being, and now issue 29 is up with work by me and many others, three poems by me starting here. A really excellent zine.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Twisted Tongue

Four things by me coming in Twisted Tongue, these four pieces being works that are at least a little bit twisted themselves. It's a great zine and it's here. They will be coming in December, conveniently for the birthday of Jesus, of whom I do not wholly approve. Were there a god, there would have to be a Satan for me to worship. In fact, I don't like Jesus at all, The Passion of the Christ didn't even give me a hard-on, much as I like sadism. The expression "the virgin Mary" was an advertizing theme at her brothel, she apparently sucked so good she never needed to use her pussy.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Black Listed

Delighted another one, night is a coal, is up at the excellent Black Listed magazine.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Puffin Circus 2

The line up for Puffin Circus 2 is here, it can be ordered here, and contains work by me in it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gutter Eloquence

I have, as stated earlier, really cut down on subs to zines now, it seems so unnecessary when you mean to focus on books, and as I am doing books exclusively with Epic Rites now too. One zine that is a real modern underground calssic is Jack T. Marlowe's Gutter Eloquence, so he's an editor you have to submit to, and a poem by me will be in issue seven in January.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mung Being

Happy to say that three poems by me, the scars on waiting flesh, they cross a field, and expecting heaven we get pills and razors and pizzas, are to appear in issue 20 of Mung Being. It's a marvelous zine, of course, and it's great to be there again.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SALiT Magazine

Delighted to say that vol 2 issue 3 of Salit Magazine is up with two poems by me in it, free pdf here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Puffin Circus #2

Pleased to say that the second issue of Puffin Circus is out, not received my contributor's copy yet, but I'm sure it's excellent.

Here is the print purchase link and the download purchase link. Check it out.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Glasgow Review

music smoking by me is up at Glasgow Review, in their new issue. Lots of great work there, including Gillian Prew

Bicycle Review

There is work by me in the current issue of The Bicycle Review, do check it out, also pieces by Melanie Brown and many others.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

SALiT Magazine

Happy to hear that two poems by me will be coming in about a week's time in the excellent SALiT Magazine. They are well worth reading and always a first rate read.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Four Branches Press

A couple of poems also forthcoming in Spring issue of Four Branches Press, but let's not think of spring now sweet, sweet winter is coming.

Forge Journal

As promised a while back, there is one up by me in The Forge Journal. It's called the dark flowers best. Check this zine out too, it's a good one.

Dead Paper

Again delighted to have three poems coming in the fall issue of Great place for them to be, check it out.

Danse Macabre Online

Pleased to say that some poems by me will be in The Oct or Nov issue of Danse Macabre Online, where you will also find a plethora of poems in their excellent back issues. Check them out now, and when the ones by me come.

I have been having huge fun compiling and recompiling my kernel and putting in new disks and so on, so I have been very lazy. Today I didn't even write five poems, I only wrote four, and those very much as an afterthought while the computer was doing something else.

Hugely good book coming soon from Epic Rites, edited by Wolfgang and me - or "Woflgang and I" as an american would say, being innocent of elementary grammar, as well as influenced by DOOL - it's by Juice Hardung and called the broken and the damned. You can advance order it now, and you should.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dark Gothic Resurrected

Delighted to have some work in the new issue (Fall 2009) of Dark Gothic Ressurected Magazine. You can buy a print or electronic copy of the zine at the link. There's amazingly good work in this zine by some very gifted people, a feature on the great Christopher Lee, beautiful art work, and even two sick poems by me, what more can you ask for?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Media Virus Magazine

Happy to say that a poem is coming soon in an excellent new zine called Media Virus Magazine. I've become picky about submitting recently, and do it far less, but this zine seems really cool and a great place to be. Check it out.

EDIT, up now here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

In The Gallows

Pretty soon there will be a new print zine around called In The Gallows, edited by Erek Smith. Three poems by me will be in 1st issue, looking forward to it, details will be in Erek's blog I assume. I shall also post ordering details when it comes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fragile Arts Quarterly

The Fall issue of Fragile Arts Quarterly is out now, it's here and can be viewed online or downloaded as free .pdf. It includes five poems by me, I'm pleased to say. Great zine.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hellbound Reviewed

Pleased to have received the following review of Hellbound from Puma Perl

Review: Hellbound, by David McLean

David McLean’s new collection opens with the line we are Pinhead’s pure children today and closes on the following three words: don’t mind bleeding. Purity and blood, good and evil, childhood and death – do any of these concepts really exist or are they like Pinhead, once human, now a Cenobite; not even the Gates of Hell will open to him. If there is such a place as Hell.

It is not strictly necessary to familiarize oneself with Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series, which features the character of Pinhead, but it makes the reading of McLean’s fine poems even richer; the mixture of true nihilism, dry humor, and the writer’s distinctive command of form and language exemplifies the Cenobites’ predilections for pain and pleasure.

McLean is a favorite poet of mine because of his stubborn individuality as well as his genius; he is amazingly prolific without compromising quality. Hellbound can be read as a continuing story, or as 39 pieces that stand up on their own. In any case, we take a journey to a Hell that we create for ourselves, and, like Pinhead (he almost cares*), we are:

loving the sufferings
we share, our brutal bodies
if Pinhead’s hooks and chains

In Hellbound, murder and orgasm, angels and sexuality meet in cruel heaven:

standing there under the erect cross
where we are all dead already

all the cruel angels are happy.
closing lines of the cruelest sexualities

We question “reality”:

fingers tearing open life’s thin skin
in a world where such red truth

is not welcome, is seldom allowed in
and the children whimper

We look through the eyes of McLean’s Pinhead:

what Pinhead says is “let go”
so Hell’s sweet order is chaos
Pinhead speaks

I have a running conversation with whoever will listen to me about the difficulty of finding, thinking, creating, in any form, something that has not been done before. This is another reason I like McLean so much; his concepts and his words are instantly recognizable to all who know his work as his and his alone, or as the writer puts it:

mine the only ever Hell
you truly know
is you,

the only one you need to

Puma Perl, author, Belinda and Her Friends

I have no copies left just now, order from epic rites bookstore.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Black Listed Magzine

Black Listed Magazine just posted another by me here, thanks for that. It's a great zine with some phenomenal work up there.

And, on another note, don't forget, people, to buy Hellbound and other chapbooks and books at Epic Rites Bookstore. You can also still order Hellbound and/or pushing lemmings from me, new copies of Hellbound are arriving soon.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Gutter Eloquence 5

Excellent zine GEM online now, fifth issue; one by me here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Target Audience Summer 2009 pdf

Lots of great stuff in Target Audience Magazine's 5th issue, Summer 2009, where I am featured poet. Three poems and some terrible pictures of the disaster that is my face, and a little bit about me. The pdf is free but consider donating a little at the link to help them produce the issues.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Eviscerator Heaven

Really cool that AJ Kaufmann is back in the driver's seat at Eviscerator Heaven. Incredibly fast to accept and post these three poems. Two inspired by songs by Roky Erikson. Also posted there some actual rare poems by Roky Erikson himself. Kick ass!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Momoware 2

A poem by me bird on the roof, inspired loosely by satta massa gana by The Abyssinians, is coming up in issue 2 of Momoware by Grey Book Press. For now there's work by me in their issue one too. Second issue should be printed and available this September. The 1st issue was really excellent so snap the new one up too.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Forge Journal

Happy that a poem by me called the dark flowers best will be in the forthcoming October issue of Forge Journal. Obviously an excellent place to be.

The Recusant

Pleased to say that when words shut up by me is up online at The Recusant. Great zine, many excellent poems there already.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Gutter Eloquence Print

Delighted to say that Gutter Eloquence will be featuring twinkle, twinkle, little dead man by me in first print issue. Thanks Jack T. Marlowe for taking it. Their current issue is here. GE is one of the best zines out there.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Calliope Nerve Interview

Pleased that Matt aka Nobius at Calliope Nerve saw fit to interview me here. Note that not everything said is totally false.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Whistling Shade

Delighted to receive my copy of print verison of Whistling Shade. It includes a poem by me, it's a free zine and is available, also free obviously, online here. Includes a delightful article by Dylan Garcia-Wahl on the author of a crappy translation of Rilke, I forget his name. You can find it in the zine so order your copy now. Details for obtaining at site.

Yellow Mama

Delighted to say that the new issue of the superb zine Yellow Mama is up, and a poem by me is in it here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Red Ceilings

I just noticed some excellent poems by Andrew Taylor in a new blogzine called The Red Ceilings, submitted, and was happy to recieve a quick acceptance, one posted by me there called fragments.

Since I submit very little, relatively to how I used to, nowadays, such a swift response is particularly welcome. Kudos to Red Ceilings, check them out

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Poetic Diversity

Pleased to announce that the new Poetic Diversity is up, I'm featured with two poems by me here. Great work by Marie Lecrivain as usual.

I'm submitting much much less nowadays, but will continue to send things to a few places like this and also occasional submissions to new zines both online and print. I want to focus on books and chapbooks, and not produce too many of them. It's too easy to produce too much work nowadays.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Whistling Shade Summer 2009

Pleased to say that Whistling Shade Summer 2009 is up, one by me there, copies can be obtained by contacting them, but it's free online too, and it's here.

fuck poetry - chop a line, now!

Delighted to say that seven poems by me will be in August's "fuck poetry" volume from Crisis Chronicles, details here. It is coming in August.

At their website they have an excellent and interesting blog as well as an online library of classics. It will take several hours to check this out, so stock up on wine first, or at least brew a pot of coffee, or chop a line, you know, whatever floats your boat.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Pleased to say that 2009's L'Intrigue is being posted, work by me, four poems, here. It will be an excellent issue.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Leaf Garden Press

There's work by me, three poems, in issue three of Leaf Garden Press which can be downloaded, ordered in print, or read online through various links which you can reach via this link. Much other work there, of course, including, among many others, Puma Perl.

Fantastic Horror interview

Hellbound is soon printed and there is a new interview of me by Alan Kelly just posted at Fantastic Horror I'm happy to say. Direct link is here.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sex & Murder

whatever you may believe and for Edmund Kemper, a tribute to my favorite killer, a guy who would whack you like the little whore you are, are up at Sex & Murder now, The 1st issue is here.

Off Beat Pulp

Pleased to say that Off Beat Pulp will have a thing by me in next issue, making a total of 900 poems accepted since I submitted for the first time two and a half years ago. Excluding (quite) a few accepted by zines that promptly vanished off the face of the earth or virtual earth.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gutter Eloquence

In the next sexuality themed issue of Gutter Eloquence Magazine a poem sexuality and cognition by me will be appearing, for now I have wiork and there's plenty of first rate stuff in issue four.

Fragile Arts Quarterly

Delighted to say that Fragile Arts Quarterly will have five poems by me in their issue around 15th September this fall. Check them out since they are a great and relatively new zine. It's the fifth issue, I believe, that is in question.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"pushing lemmings" - fab review by Rachel Kendall

Here's a fab review of my full length pushing lemmings by Rachel Kendall, editrix of equally fab zine Sein und Werden. This is her website. The full url to the reivew is here:

You can buy the book direct from me, signed with my mark, and it costs £6.95 from this PayPal button with any normal credit card or Paypal balance, but since it's from sunny Schweden it costs ca £4 postage to UK/USA. (Thus £10.95 total.) People in Sweden, who are unlikely to read this, can contact me for details of my bank account at the address listed by the gifted and astute Rachel at the review link.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jack Henry - with the patience of monuments (book review)

Jack Henry
with the patience of monuments
Neopoiesis Press

It seems time that Jack Henry produced a full length book, and here it is. These poems are autobiographical and also, since we all live in some society, they reflect the agent Henry's milieu. The autobiographical self-focus is not a weakness, since they are sufficiently universal to strike a chord in every locus of agency, perhaps not in showroom dummies, but would a writer really want that?

perhaps i’m like Jesus,
during those middle years
no one writes about,

from books the church decided
were best left unread, because
i think Jesus did shit no one wants to remember,
(very next breath)

Well, Jesus is not a historical figure, so you can say that it did whatever you want. All we know from the myths is that his spirit occasionally “enters” people when it feels like it, though he has been dead a long time, so there's no guessing how horny he was during his fictive lifetime.

Jack concludes that poem with the reflection

there’s a chance i am just a mirror,
broken on the floor in a symphony of silver shards,
awaiting the dust pan and a trip to the curb

n the end it doesn’t matter,
because once i discover who i am,
it changes with the
very next breath,
and the next breath
carries the rattle of a dying man
(very next breath)

and that's what I mean about general accessibility. A human consciousness sparks self-awareness by Sartre's circuit of ipseity, and generates the ego that we find outside us, in the world, the selfness itself is something little more than the tain of black foil that backs a mirror, when the brain dies it shatters and we throw the useless flesh away instead of eating it (we have issues with that, most of us anyway.) But what is significant is the cognitive content that has been instantiated in the bucket of worms we scoop out of the skulls of poets before juvenile writers use them to jack off into, and I think that Jack has here another poem that will keep, that belongs to the history of poetry.

Jack steers clear, as writers should, of Poesie, these poems are Dichtung, not just the making of poiemata, they are a stepping back and a holding and an openness that lets Jack create and dispose the words of his art in such a way that we see what was there but we did not see, they make what is other than it seemed by letting it show itself in the light of the poems as what it always was. Ironically Neopoiesis Press include a confused and lexically flawed reflection on a Heideggerean approach to the word "poiesis" as a sort of manifesto at the end of the book. But, like the philosopher who used to stalk Heidegger said, or said as near as dammit, what counts is the poet standing like a little quivering hedgehog, always already there having always already crossed the awe-inspiring Autobahn of Heideggerean poetic thought, or philosophical aesthetics in general, to deliver her/his poem. And Jack belongs to my generation in a sense, we'd quite like to be roadkill.

i don’t write poetry, or sonnets, or joyful
tomes about birds and butterflies, those words
are taken and mean less each time repeated
(rules to a game)

What we like to do is

pick scabs
and watch red trails
laze to the floor
with startling splashes

Jack presents poetry that captures the world as it is. Thus a perfect nihilism

2. to a specific man
there standing
a specific man
or woman
of straw
and gum
small temples
of sticks
and pie
of dead word
and metaphor
and climbing
yes i am
i am
i am i am
building and building
a specific man
or woman
it’s you i watch

3. there is no underground
no battlefield
no war
no battle
no conflict

there is no outside
or inside
no middle
no up
no down and down and down
(eulogy for the memory of an idea that never really existed)

But the man or woman building his temples is still building, even if s/he is biulding with shit, s/he is still there and still can say “am” and thus the poem ends with a qualified positive beginning, which is what life offers us since we are always new. That's the upside of being mere bundles of impressions and bogus nightmares and memories (to sample David Hume through the brighter lens of Eric Cartman) – we have no histories and the egos we carry with us can be smashed and thrown away, like the useless ugly faces of creators and doctors and priests and teachers, so

to the mirror i say:

“they never knew, nor understood -
it became an image they could not comprehend -
this is a eulogy for a memory of an idea
that never really existed
and when they awake
we will have to rediscover our
own footsteps
and cut our chain
to our bloody string of lies.”

to my future i say:

i will start again each day
i will awake and be ready
i will stretch and try
i will never care what another says about me
i will never look back
(eulogy for the memory of an idea that never really existed)

And beyond the nihilism there is much positive and beautiful here too, there is love, relationships, social criticism, everything handled perfectly, and it even gave me a chance to ramble somewhat in the review, but ...

I hope that it is clear by now that I think very highly of this book, and of Jack Henry's work in general. I think that this book will live a long time. It's a new beginning, just like the poem says. Buy it when it comes in a few weeks. Details at Jack Henry's blog.

Constance Stadler - Paper Cuts (book review)

Paper Cuts - book review
Constance Stadler
Calliope Nerve Press
93 pp, ebook

As always, in this collection Constance Stadler achieves a balance between modern content and a sampled traditional form, whereby the poetry runs through the lexis of the traditional but with neologisms and archaisms rubbing shoulders and thighs in a glorious mêlée that achieves often the status of poetry of the purest water.

Her targets are everything from Plato (completely unjustly, the poem could be about somebody else) to Jesus and the Society of same, completely spot on target. Modern life is dissected and diagnosed here, found lacking, the anxious and painful half-lives people live are examined and found wanting, the poet's own pain is examined and there is a clear movement in the course of the book towards a tone of understanding and acceptance, the attainment of beauty in some sense is seen as a justification of the anhedonia.

The book takes us from hospital to Gaza, exploring injustices on a variety of levels, Amerikkka's war on Iraq and society's war on the individual.

Everything falls under the poet's lens – passion:

My engorged vulva
Screams for jungle abductions
And whatever would take me
Could not plunge deep enough.
Brings shower and the routines
Of numbness.
That is, if I
Conquer this animal


Sepia catacombed
In sweet stench of young rot
The maggot is well fed.
Bloating, we are new made
In concatenated leprosies
In our mouldy hypocrisies
In the death bed lie.

the reticence of nature:

Grass tuft, will you not speak to me?
A blue and brown tit jumped on my table
Near the Arno and shared
My sandwich
As a full bosomed poppy floated by.
Wilted corn stalks in vermilion light
Thrill as magic
Snowy egrets dance in pond surrender
To cabbage palms.
(Terrestrial Illuminations)

This book makes love and passion in the face of sickness, dis-ease, bereavement and a more general ontic and ontological abandonment. It makes the word a lover and an expression of the body's engorgement, it makes the muse a bedfellow, and the reader a voyeur, which is what readers usually are, but not so openly expressed.

Only Constance Stadler writes like this nowadays, only she can. Available from

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Clockwise Cat - 3 of 3

And, last of three, Connie Stadler has been kind enough to review pushing lemmings. There are still copies, click the image over to the right to order the thing by PayPal. I can make my mark on it then. No anthrax though, I promise. Here is the review.

Clockwise Cat - 2 of 3

And then a whole SHITLOAD of reviews of four of the BEST poets you will read EVER. I shit you not.

James Darman

Connie Stadler

Jack Henry x 3

David Blaine

I don't do a lot of reviews any more but these degenerate and perverse fuckers all deserve it.

Clockwise Cat - 1 of three

Well, new Cockwise Pussy up. Yay! There's five poems by me in the first of this blogspot triptych. These are here, danke hardworking Alison Ross. Poems by Luis Cauahtemoc Berriozabal, Anthony Hitchen, Ralph-Michael Chiaia, and Petra Whiteley too.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hellound review - Jane Crown

Pleased to receive this from Jane Crown:

""What is your pleasure"? This line from Hellraiser sings in my head as I open the new book Hellbound from David Mclean.

David Mclean does something you might not like. He is a Nihilist in the purest sense of the word,and probably that lack of Dogmatism and his love of the Void will scare the living Hell out of you. Having read Pushing Lemmings and having enjoyed his dry sense of humor, his sad sense of humanity, I am reminded of my own Nihilism that oft propels my work as a poet too.

David is taking us into the very black of existence, that truths we find significant are just specks of taffy for this writer. He's asking you to unclutter the modern mind, much as Nietzsche did. To free yourself of the fetters that find us in the chasm of living. He asks us to suffer pain in the path to knowing why we reach and why we deserve or even ought to be here at all. Teaching philosophy and using it in the real world are two harsh and vastly often disconnected realities. David is that teacher of philosophy, a raiser of men--David is giving you a parcel of sadness, wrapped in a blanket of dirty beauty. He wants us, you, me, everyone to open it with great craft, and not to forget to look inside, and to look deeply. "Living safely is what is dangerous" Nietzsche says, and David will reinforce this in his book Hellbound, yet it is not for the faint of heart. Read it slowly, read it lovingly. Open your heart, and your mind!

He uses a grand metaphor (in film) one which I also admire and seems appropriate in a viscerally turned on post-modernist point of view; Hellraiser!

David if he is to be one of the Epic Rites "workers in blood" does this in his natural voice, he does not sugar coat, nor over-do his imagery. His pen and hand are adept at deepening language by taking away certain words - by using as Nietzsche himself touted

"To say in ten lines what it takes most writers an entire book to say"

This is 48 pages of an unadulterated piercing look into self. He's asking you to do the same. And,finally, as in the film Hellraiser- he might very well torment and peak your interest in the end with these worlds of hyper realism from Pinhead, the leader of the cenobite crew and underworld bringer of pain, anguish and sweet nightmares come to fore:

"No tears please. It's a waste of good suffering"

Get yourself a copy of Hellbound, it's a strangely righteous read in a tumultuous world."

Thanks Jane.the link to buy is here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blinking Cursor

Blinking Cursor is now on sale here at Lulu and unfortunately even the download costs money. There are no contributor's copies so I can't say what it's like, I don't usually like to pay for copies of zines that I'm in. The days of that much egomania are gone, especially since I threw away about a hundred zines a year or so ago in connection with a move.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Jack Henry re Hellbound

Gifted LA poet Jack Henry was very kind enough to write a blurb upon reading the manuscript for Hellbound. Here it is.

The book is at the printers and available for advance order at the epic rites bookstore, with prices adjusted for postage - just choose where you live in the menu and pay with PayPal. It will be available elsewhere when it's printed.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Poetry Monthly International 9

As promised, two by me are available as a free download now in issue #9 of Poetry Monthly International. Get it here for free or order in print for four quid. Some excellent work in that zine, as always.

Dark Gothic Resurrected

In keeping with my creepy proclivities I just had two acceptances at Dark Gothic Resurrected magazine, coming in the next issue. They specialize in horror and goth literature. Check them out.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Poetry Monthly International

Haven't submitted to Poetry Monthly International since it was plain old Poetry Monthly, but did now since I'm international and all that, two poems by me, if the woods and fungi, will be in the July issue which will be # 9 and available for download here where you can presently snatch #:s seven and eight, always an excellent zine. Print issues available for a mere four quid.

Gutter Eloquence 4

There's one thing now up by me at Gutter Eloquence 4, if they lied to us.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Blinking Cursor

Pleased to have a poem coming in first issue of Blinking Cursor, a new zine, coming in their first issue. Check them out, they are also on the lookout for people who are quite new to submitting.

And so are we of course, at the epic rites netzines: not the journal though, that's by invitation.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


There are five by me still up at L'Intrigue from the 2008 issue, pleased to say that five will be coming there soon in next issue. Thanks to Kat Tracy for incredibly swift response.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Recusant

Happy to say that when words shut up by me will be up in The Recusant very soon.

The Bicycle Review

A poem by me raining sweetly blood will be up in the 15th October issue of The Bicycle Review. Seems to be a great zine.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sex & Murder

Delighted that two by me are coming in Sex & Murder, in fact I killed two mothers with one bone there and one of the poems is "for Edmund Kemper" - a poem about my favorite murderous pervert, present company excepted.

I am delighted by this zine and quote them a little below. Send your sicknesses.

"There aren't many magazines that go in for extreme horror, or splatterpunk. The general reason that's usually given is that there's no market for it, the stuff is just not palatable to the mainstream audience. Quite frankly, I think that's bullshit. Horror movies have steadily become more and more extreme in their depictions of violence and gore, and their audiences have come back time and time again begging for more. So, the audience is there, they're just not being reached.

In the weeks and months to come, Sex and Murder will become a place where fans of the truly dark and depraved can come to sate their thirst for gore, so stick around; great stuff is on the way."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Belly at OW

David Blaine at Outsider Writers, a great poet himself, was kind enough to post the Rob Plath review for a bellyful of anarchy. It's up here.

Killauthor - Barthes issue

Appropriately, the 1st issue of Killauthor is "Barthes" - four by me starting with this one here.

Origami Condom

Pleased to see two by me up in the guest issue of Origami Condom, it's available here as a pdf, the poems are in dreams i often see and the streets are. Why do all zines assume you need Adobe to read pdfs? Anyway, happy to be there.

Leaf Garden Press

Happy to say that Leaf Garden Press were kind enough to accept three poems, a little history, under the trees is rock, and like crystals, for issue three of their fine new zine, which will be available in tree-killer paper, as well as for download or online consumption. Thank you Robert Henry and Melanie Brown, editors. This is a consolation during this day of canine diarrhea.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Glasgow Review

I often include music or film references, only once Jarboe, so far, and that poem, music smoking, will be in the excellent Glasgow Review in September some time.

Speaking of film references, my chapbook Hellbound is being printed this week, young cenobites, so get evil and get it.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Red Peter 7 poems

Happy to say the seven by me are up at Red Peter, which consistently has some of the best stuff on the Internet. The seven perversities, dealiest of sins, though no sin there is, are here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Muse Thing

Just noticed that another two, a dog on a mountain and words and eternity, were up at The Muse Thing a couple of days ago, and are, obviously, still there. I hope they are for a long time since The Muse Thing is a really great netzine and should be there with all its wonderful words for a damn eternity.

Target Audience Feature Summer poet 2009

Delighted that the excellent mag Target Audience, who also have a great interview with Ministry - a pretty phenomenal band - have decided to run a little bit about me as their summer featured poet for 2009. It's a really enlivening zine thta features not only great poetry, but much more, my bit is up here. (Jesus built my hot-rod too.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Literary Chaos Print #2

My copy of Lit Chaos #2 print came today. Excellent as one would expect from "the web's pre-eminent experimental writing site." It starts with five poems by me and there are others too numerous to mention, but including Cindy Rosmus, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal and R.-M. Chiaia. 'Tis on sale at the ridiculously low price of $13.95 at their website.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Two by me, I'm happy to say, are in LoBrow and posted in the zine's premiere issue here, though you have to scroll down, no direct link possible.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Calliope Nerve's Muse Thing

Muse Thing, which, as you should know by now if you read this blog, is the web presence of the great free zine Calliope Nerve, has just posted two by me. Run by the dedicated Nobius Black the zine has become one not to miss. Buy their diverse (non-poetry) stuff on Amazon here. They get positive ratings. And get the poetry (non-porn) side here at white rabbit: black hole.

Edit: Another up, the hooligan clouds.

Muddy River Poetry Review

Pleased to say that one by me will be in the reborn zine Muddy River Poetry Review, they have great work in the first online issue in their new incarnation already so check it out.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Acappella Zoo

Happy to see that Acappella Zoo did an early launch of their web version, I have one in issue two which is already on sale and is now also online, my poem is here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Spark Bright

Happy to say that a poem we bury her in us will be in Spark Bright Magazine, a new netzine. The poem is one of many that references Chucky and Tiffany, though the implication that they are unfaithful to each other now is one that Tiffany resents.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

LoBrow Magazine

LoBrow are a zine whose basic idea is to have absolutely no shame. They are taking subs for the 1st issue, which will include two shameless pieces by me, frog flopping and the sea in Stockholm. Look out for guidelines etc here.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


As promised, three poems seem to be up in Aposiopieces. The first issue is here and the poems are time bounces a pine cone, a symbol is a falsehood, and virtuous vulture.

I would encourage all my readers, in general, to strive to be as much like Saint Edmund Kemper as possible. I mean, do you love your mother, or do you really love her?

EDIT: Looks like these poems are actually posted now, seems to be a great zine

Friday, June 5, 2009

kill author

There's a new zine around that will have good stuff, at least four passable poems by me, in the first issue, i'm sure. They are kill author and are open to submissions now so send them stuff, it's literature "for the mostly alive" - at least 70% of me is ticking over nicely, so I qualify easily. Maybe not in ten years time.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Callused Hands Feature

Happy to say that Ivan at Callused Hands just posted a five poem feature by me and also a brief interview where I am asked a little about advice for beginning poets or young poets, and about influences and so on. (I forgot to mention Roky Erickson there.) There's also an excellent first issue up below. A very promising zine and they are open to submissions. I wholeheartedly support their idea of "ordinary literature for ordinary people," getting rid of the nasty taste of elitism that plagues academic poetry.

Anyway, the interview and feature are here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Because of my extraordinary laziness I have failed to mention two poems by me in Neonbeam 8 and link them. Issue nine of this great zine Neonbeam is coming soon which I didn't even submit to since I didn't know, living in a doggy daze as I do, with wrong links and dubious nihilsitic ideologies and god knows what else. They changed url so my links, now corrected, were out of date.) Anyway, the pdf is free here and the issue on sale at Lulu.

As always, Sammi Leng did a great job, and the issue includes work by myself, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, and many others.

Heavy Bear 2

Heavy Bear 2 is posted now as well. A couple of poems by me here, also work by John Yamrus, Misti Rainwater-Lites, and Puma Perl - among many others, of varying sorts.

Then the reviews - one of the new epic rites masterpiece a bellyful of anarchy by Rob Plath, two others, one of the great relentless, part of Todd Moore's Dillinger epos, and antebellum messiah Marie Lecrivain.

These will probably be the last reviews I write for a very long time, I'm not going to be reviewing or blurbing any more, maybe a few for epic rites, of course. There are some forthcoming in the next Clockwise Cat I believe, but then that's it.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Callused Hands

Happy to say that Ivan at Callused Hands, who already have a very neat first issue up containing, among others, Felino Soriano, has decided to feature five poems by me along with a sort of little interview where I impart my huge wisdom to the hapless reader, as Featured Writer #1. Check the first issue out att he link and submit if you feel inspired.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

the slow censored poetic throb

A slow and nocturnal throb going on at Censored Poets. It's me doing it, too, here.

Origami Condom

I was asked to submit by Carrie at Origami Condom for a special issue on sleep, just told that the streets are and in dreams i often see will be appearing in that issue.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


It seems that one by me will be in the first issue of a new zine called Moonshot.

63 Channels

Seems that I have something, I know not what, in the forthcoming print issue of 63 Channels. Their other print issues are on sale here at Lulu. More information in June apparently.

EDIT: This is now available for order here.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Delighted to have just had three poems accepted for the next issue of Aposiopieces, sometime in June, and two for the fourth issue in July. The zine is really well put together with a nice visual and textual symbiosis, so it's a great site, check it out here.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Stray Branch

Very pleased to have had three poems accepted by Stray Branch for their issue 5, Spring/Summer 2010. It's an online and print zine that specializes in modern emotional and raw verse about the human lot. So check it out at the link, there's some very good stuff there on display. It's the sort of zine i'm very pleased to appear in.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Calliope Nerve

Happy to say that the Calliope Nerve weblog just gets better and better. The evocatively titled farting eternity by me is there and also a couple of things by the wife

Friday, May 22, 2009

Shoots & Vines 5 poems

Five things by me just posted at the excellent zine Shoots & Vines, which is always worth reading, always posting new work. These particular five are up here, check them out, then check the rest of the stuff out.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Red Fez 22

Pleased to see that Red Fez 22 is up and includes one by me here, a great place to be and plenty of other work there to read.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gutter Eloquence

One of the best zines at present is Gutter Eloquence, edited by Jack T Marlowe. Jack has taken if they lied to us, a poem by me, for issue four. The current issue is up here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Puffin Circus

Pleased to say that like an old scratchy 78 by me will be in the 2nd issue of the new print zine Puffin Circus. Delighted to be there.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Maynard

Received my copy of The Maynard's 2008 anthology today, containing three poems by me, as well as work by many other people, including young Rob Plath. There's even a free cd included with stuff on it. They spelled my name wrong in the book though, even if it was right on their website, but I assume that is the fault of the printers, who are Canadian I suppose. It's on sale for $25 at their website. It's a very professional looking production and their zine is always excellent. So check them out, and do buy it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Pleased to say that a new issue of Paradigm is posted, and "to wake from this sanity" by me is here.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Very pleased that a piece by me will be appearing in Muton, the new zine of the Free Knowledge Collective. Muton is due in June.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Censored Poets

Great to see that Censored Poets is still very much in business and there's a new one up by me here. They always have cool stuff.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

words are born

Forgot to say that in March editor-in-chief Wolfgang Carstens pulled rank on me and posted words are born by me at the thin edge of staring. He liked that poem for some reason. Drink can destroy a man's judgment.

Persephonous Blue

Very happy to have a thing coming up in trhe first issue of Persephonous Blue, a new print zine that looks like it will be great if you read the poets the editor likes. Details here.

Joyful! online

Pleased to say that three poems are posted at Joyful! online, they are about Schopenhauer and the Vedas actually. But they are definitely the less evil side of me. (I don't listen to that guy a lot.)

Friday, May 1, 2009


Litterbox Magazine have their second issue up now, including electric silence by me here. Seems to be a really good read swiftly looking through it, so check it out


Pleased to say that one by me will be forthcoming in the next Paradigm Journal. They are here.

Unlikely Stories

Happy to have the below-mentioned three poems posted now at Unlikely Stories, thee poems are here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Radiant Turnstile

Happy to also announce that four pieces by me are in the new Radiant Turnstile. The poems by me are here, and have the pleasure of sharing an issue with Rob Plath, Jane Crown, Misti Rainwater-Lites, Richard Wink, Felino Soriano, and many ohers.

Counterexample Poetics

Delighted to have five new poems up at the excellent zine Counterexample Poetics, the poems are here.


Happy to have received a couple of issues of Agua 1 today. Really amazingly good magazine with a lot of poetry in it. Three by me, and also work by Rob Plath, Karl Koweski, Jack T Marlowe, Luis Cuauthemoc Berriozabal and many others. It's on sale here for only six dollars.

Red Fez 22

Pleased to say that a poem by me will be in the next issue of Red Fez, which is a great zine as the reader may know. It will be here.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Poetic Diversity

Happy to say that a new poem is up at Poetic Diversity and my poem is here. Great zine and two coming in the next issue too.

Cool, I just noticed that there's review of of dead snakes from Rain over Bouville too by Marie Lecrivain. Forgot she was going to do that. The review is here, and the book is on sale here.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Unlikely Stories

Delighted to say that three poems - escaping, the light burrows through the sky, and the visible dead will be in the May version of Unlikely Stories. This is one of the best webzines and very much worth your regular reading. Several poems by me are there already in the links to your left.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Whistling Shade

Happy to say that a poem by me called worlds in us once will in the Whistling Shade issue out May 2009. Their website is here and it was they who released my first book Cadaver's dance, which you can buy at Amazon from the link to the left, details of this are here. Lots of other books in their list that you might want to check out.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Frostbitten by Mark Walton on sale

I have already pointed out that Frostbitten by Mark Walton is out very soon. It's actually waiting to be read by you now. And a portion of proceeds goes to the Terence Higgins trust to help AIDS victims. I have reviewed it already here below in this blog.

It's an excellent book, well worth reading, and has its own website here. Order at this link, where, including postage, it's only $10 including postage to wherever.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Litterbox Magazine

Pleased to say that electric silence by me will be in the May issue of a very professional looking and, I think, promising new online journal Litterbox Magazine, read about them here.

Chicken Piñata

Happy to see the new issue of Chickenpinata is up, with a poem by me here. Lots of other words on offer at the front page of their second issue here too.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Noticed just now that there was a new poem by me posted at poetryREpairs and it's here. Don't know how I missed that before, the March 2009 issue I think it was.

Shoots and Vines

Crystal Folz at Shoots & Vines was also just kind enough to accpet five poems by me for May 21st. They had a feature by me this Yuletide, becasue I'm just so fucking jolly and ruddy-cheeked and X-ian and seasonal. That's here. They are here so check them out.

In the future I shall submit a lot less to zines, whether electronic or print; I have enough accepted that it can't exactly help book sales, and I have a lot of books and chapbooks coming. A large anthology laughing at funerals and a chapbook Hellbound from Epic Rites, nobody wants to go to heaven but everybody wants to die from Poptritus this summer, and my novella Henrietta forgets from ISMs sometime when Rachel Kendall, who has a new daughter Violet, born a little prematurely, like violets this early spring (do violets loom blooming at springtime?) gets time over from the exacting task of being a new mum. So, congratulations, Rachel, and your man.

Red Peter

Red Peter were just kind enough to accept seven things by me for later this month, there are already seven up with them here, and they have other great work, check them out here.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Todd Moore - The Riddle of The Wooden Gun

Riddle of The Wooden Gun
144 pp
Todd Moore
Lummox Press
Book review by David McLean

This one is also posted now at Countereample Poetics at this link.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

RD Armstrong - Fire And Rain – Selected Poems 1993-2007 Vol 2

There's a review of Vol 2 of Fire and Rain, selected poems by poet and publisher RD "Raindog" Armstrong up here at Counterexample Poetics, a great book and a great zine, I recommend both of them. Buy this book, you know you want to.

Friday, April 3, 2009

John Yamrus - New And Selected Poems

This review is now posted here. Do buy the book. It's an instant modern classic, really, it's that good.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


There is going to be a poem by me in the next issue of Chickenpinata. They are here and have an issue up there already with some good work in it. So check them out.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Children, Churches & Daddies

CC&D has the April issue up somewhere at this link, (click on "issues" at the top right), where it can be downloaded free as pdf or ordered as a print issue. One poem by me in it.

Edit: And now you can order the compilation Survival of The Fittest, a collection of the issues from the first four months of 2009, plus material from the chapbooks that have been released this year, I believe there are two by me in this. One from March, and the one above.

Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Vol 2.1 of Glass is up here and there's a poem by me in it, the rocks on the hill.

Static Movement April issue

As always a great new issue of Static Movement here, and a poem by me called wandering womb.

Momoware #1

Grey Book Press have their new zine Momoware issue one ready and details, I imagine, will be forthcoming at their website soon. I gather that there will be some excellent material in this. The website is here.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Reviews in Clockwise Cat

In the current issue of Clockwise Cat I review Luis Cuauhtmeoc Berriozabal's before and well after midnight here - and watch out for the new chapbook from Epic Rites that i am editing for Luis btw, it will be a killer. I review Monkey Bite by Misti Rainwater Lites here, and watch out for her forthcoming monster I am doing with her for Epic Rites, it will be really epic and essential reading. Buy Monkey Bite here for only $4.92. A third review is Travis Blair and Train to Chihuahua, a great book on sale here. (The link at Clockwise Cat is out of date apparently, I was never notified of the change though.)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Static Movement

Static Movement is an excellent publication, I've had several poems there already at various times, and their April issue is coming soon, on account of it soon being April, with my wandering womb in the zine, which is here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Muse Thing

Nobius posted two poems as a preview to of dead snakes at Calliope Nerve's blogzine The Muse Thing. The poems in question are here. At the same link you will be able to see, among other things, Connie Stadler's review of pushing lemmings, buy that here at the link to the left, there are still copies available. Buy of dead snakes at this link too, where you can also download it for free. The Muse Thing is always worth checking out.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

three zines

Pleased to receive three print zines today, the first the very reputable Carillon magazine, issue 23 March 2009, containing a lot of excellent work but also two poems by me. This may be ordered here and costs £3.50, 7 for Europe, or USA etc $8.

Also received Breadcrumb Scabs, issue number one, three poems by me in it and it's a free download or a print book on sale here. Seems to be very good work, and a couple more issues out since then. Also free downloads.

Third, last, but most definitely not least, the issue of Instant Pussy called Instant Pussy Disco, this is on sale, or freely downloadable here. There's even an expensive hardcover version for mucho dinero, but let's get serious, shall we? Many in this, including, apart from me, Puma Perl, Jack Henry, Jane Crown, David Blaine, Cindy Rosmus, and even some people called Lennon and McCartney, whoever they are. Buy this and you will be blessed.

Monday, March 23, 2009

"of dead snakes"

Pleased to say that my chapbook of dead snakes is now out with Rain over Bouville Publications in the UK, who have done a really nice job putting it together and made it available from Lulu, at this link. It's actually free to download as a pdf and a token three dollars to buy as a proper paper tree-killing book, though that obviously excludes Lulu's evil postage.

Thanks to Humphrey Astley at Rain over Bouville for an excellent job sorting it out an inexpensive but very professional looking publication.

I quote the start of the blurb. "
David Mclean’s anarchic, pitch-black poetry snatches the philosophies and theologies of history out of the air like mosquitoes or bad smells and subjects them to a twenty-first century frisk. From the micro to the macro, no sacred cow is safe..."

Then two blurbs from Misti Rainwater-Lites and Connie Stadler. (Their blogs are linked over to the left of your screen.)

“From the moment one opens Of Dead Snakes, the assault of McLean’s brilliantly
incisive words invades the reader’s consciousness. A prolific writer, McLean is
known as a ‘myth-exploder’ of automaton normalcy. As one recent reviewer
commented, he ‘majestically incorporates the profound and the profane, the poetic
and the epistemic, and deviant’ – but the greatness of the poetry here is the
command of language, the strength of vision, the defiance of ontology’s
synchronics. He is one of the greatest poets of our age, and this is a book that will
enrich, a book not to be missed.”
(Constance Stadler, author of Tinted Steam)

“I usually buy books by dead poets. David McLean is alive and I own most of his
books and plan to buy more, including this one. Why would I spend money on a
book of poems by a living poet when I could go to the redneck drive-thru liquor
barn down the street and buy a buzz? Because the buzz from cheap beer only lasts
so long. The buzz from true lines, more pure and concentrated than Colombian
blow, will stay in your spirit for a long goddamn time, like a raging hornet that
wants you to know it’s there.”
(Misti Rainwater-Lites, author of The Kitchen is Closed)


Rain over Bouville have a facebook here where you can see details of there other publications too. I paste those details, and links, in here anyway with details of the books, the others of which I reviewed elsewhere:


David McLean: Of Dead Snakes
David Mclean’s anarchic, pitch-black poetry snatches the philosophies and theologies of history out of the air like mosquitoes or bad smells and subjects them to a twenty-first century frisk. From the micro to the macro, no sacred cow is safe...

Adriana Sabatini: Poems
Adriana Sabatini's concise poetry is at once candid and oblique, the diaries of her personal life interwoven with the riddles of her private world. She was born in Montreal in 1983, and has lived in Canada, Australia and Texas.

Humphrey Astley: Women as Tender
"Breathing is an unthinking reflex, until you draw a breath and find you can’t. Human contact can induce a similar sensation of having thought hijacked by primal reactions that can bring a moment to its clearest point. This is Humphrey Astley’s poetry."


Debut collections by Mark Bousfield and Amber Wilkinson.

(Group illustration 'The Big Frog' by Iain Hunter.)

Prick of The Spindle

Issue 3.1 of Prick Of the Spindle is out with a poem Pan sweats by me here. Cool zine, check it out.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Word Salad

Word Salad has an issue up featuring if everything be me here, it is otherwise a very good read too, so check it out. If you like it buy a print copy here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

"Her Delicate Shoe" Jane Crown

Her Delicate Shoe
Jane Crown
Polymer Grove Press
Chapbook Review by David McLean
to order, visit:

This excellent new chapbook by Jane Crown, editor of Heavy Bear magazine and host and proprietor of Jane Crown's Internet radio show, is a real tour de force in verbal pyrotechnics and demonstrates that Janey has a quiet and assured voice capable of engaging the reader in order to drag her into the Crown world and display a poetical sensibility that is one of the most promising in the early years of what will probably be a pretty fucked up millennium, if it lasts that long.

These are poems made

… only of promises
and rosewater, wishes for happiness
and a granting of living lips
(from Delicacy)

They discuss love, aging, sensuality, the Tao, the southern states of the USA, and nostalgia and yearning. They often attain heights of lyricism that never lose their sure footing in humor and self-awareness, even a self-conscious reflexive touch that makes the poems sometimes meta-poems with their and the writer's selves as subject matter:

believe or not, it is the poem that brings movement
across salted floors
(from Movement)

One of the best is introduced by a Lao Tzu quote and goes on to

Chopping wood seems very hard now, impossibly mind breaking
it gives no pause for diligence, it simply moves heavy

To split something in halves possible, spendthrift
'Tis a broader thought to use self as a whole

A grand endeavor, no doubt, thinking and still
I keep my eye to yours and this aged quiet

It keeps me on the path
lest I forget there is one, minus machine and hand

This I can embrace without even axe or arm
(from The Uncarved Block)

The poems offer an exceedingly unique and individual take on life and teach us, as poems should, to step back on and reflect on what it is to be. Not what it is to be a human or a woman or an American, but what it is to be there in the world in general, even if we happen to be all of these subsidiary things.

Finally, some excellent advice:

Travel leads to disembarking, so
keep your valuables with you
and never watch over your left shoulder
(from The Birds)

Do buy this book, I can guarantee you some breathlessly exciting and beautiful poetry. And copies are available from Jane herself at

Monday, March 16, 2009

Rusty Truck

Pleased to say that a poem by me, the illness that sings in us, is forthcoming in Rusty Truck. It's a fine zine so I am going to be pleased to be there. Read the current work here.

Moon Drenched Fables

Nice to see that the gaunt ghosts by me is one of the things currently posted in Moon Drenched Fables, which has a new issue up now. Worth checking out.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Prick Of The Spindle

Happy to say that Pan sweats by me will be forthcoming in an issue of Prick of The Spindle. They are here.

Word Salad

Very happy to say that a poem by me will be in the issue of Word Salad to come on the 21st, looking forward to seeing it. For now the zine is on view here.

thin edge of staring

One of the poems from my forthcoming Hellbound is posted at the thin edge of staring, which might seem off since I edit the zine in question, but it's not me what posted it, honest. It contains a Sonic Youth reference, as modern poems should. Poem, complete with reference, is here.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

counterexample poetics

Pleased to say that a further five are due in the excellent counterexample poetics this summer sometime. For now I have five up here.

Gargoyle 54

Happy to hear that Gargoyle 54 is currently at the printer and will be out soon, when it is you will be able to order it here. A very cool magazine, obviously, many people have been in it, now including me, and that with some poem about Trakl, as I remember. Anyway, it will be available soon to order here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Constance Stadler

Constance Stadler
Sublunary Curse
published by Erbacce-Press
chapbook review

EDIT. Read this here at counterexample poetics, Felino Soriano's first rate new zine.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Holy Hermaphrodite

The Holy Hermaphrodite
chapbook by AD Hithcin
published by Shadow Archer Press
reviewed by David McLean

This review is posted now at the excellent Counterexample Poetics. Read it here.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Shout

Very pleased that The Shout has seen fit to accept a poem "all i want" for their first issue, it's a new print zine and to judge from their blog here it will be excellent. Can't wait to see it.

Gloom Cupboard & Sublunary Curse

Pleased to receive the Print Issue 5 of Gloom Cupboard, it's excellent as always and includes work by me, Anthony Hitchin, Andrew Taylor, and Karl Koweski among others. This can be ordered from Erbacce, as can what also arrived today, a copy of Sublunary Curse by Constance Stadler, which is blurbed by myself, Anthony Hitchin and Felino Soriano.

Connie's book is here and runs the range from brutal cynicism over her inadequate fathering, through a powerful condemnation of clitoridectomy, to a delightful tribute to Poe. She anatomizes her subject matter with gusto and verve, and does so by enriching her words with the blessings of polyvalence to compensate them for the world they describe. Stadler knows what it means to "taste filth," but also the compensations of words, the "sensual glossolalia" that makes these poems little verbal ecstasies that reward careful reading, since they are rich and complex, not easy in the sense of "superficial" and simple, but it is easy to see the compassionate humanity that describes the less desirable aspects of existence as well as the best of them. Both bereavement and also the love that preceded it, both the clinic and also the innocence of the clinic's victims.

The book is splendid and only five pounds. Buy it.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Eleutheria - Scottish Poetry Review

Happy to say that two by me (a day is stitched and there are absences) are up at Eleutheria's excellent first issue. This side will not work for proper Firefox or Epiphany but works excellently for Konqueror, as one might expect. I assume it works for M$ Windoze Firefox though. They are in the company of, among others, Connie Stadler and Felino Soriano.