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)

EDIT

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:

CURRENT RELEASES

David McLean: Of Dead Snakes
http://www.lulu.com/content/6454540
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
http://www.lulu.com/content/2295684
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
http://www.lulu.com/content/2472098
"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."

FORTHCOMING

Debut collections by Mark Bousfield and Amber Wilkinson.

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