Friday, December 31, 2010

The Writing Disorder

Very pleased to have five up at The Writing Disorder. It's a first rate zine and the poems are at this link.

Why vandalism?

One of the great zines is Why vandalism?, and two by me are coming from them. I have a free echap book with them by the way, it will soon be redone to match their fine new format, and it's free to read here.

One of the two poems will also be featured in my next print chapbook, that's coming in March from Heavy Hands Ink.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quantum Poetry Magazine

An excellent new zine is Quantum Poetry Magazine, I am gratified to say that they will be running one by me in a couple of weeks.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Fine Line

Very pleased to have work in the Fine Line issue two, it can be read online or downloaded as pdf here. The poem in question is on page 71.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rufous Salon

As promised one up at Rufous Salon, it's a great zine too. Check the rest out at as well.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Liquid Gold

A poem by me is in the Gold Dust "best of" anthology, Liquid Gold, which is on sale here. Get it or be boring.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Perhaps I Am Wrong About The World

Twice a year Perhaps I Am Wrong About The World produce a chapbook full of poems and whatnot. I am delighted to have they threw tragedy by me in the next one.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gloom Cupboard

Forgot to mention earlier, but I am very pleased to say that Joseph M. Gant was kind enough to nominate me for a Pushcart prize over at Gloom Cupboard. A great honor.

Been featured by them before, here, with an interview, very out of date, and a few poems; also quite a few poems there at various times, and the nominated one, for Larkin, is here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mung Being 35

There's a new issue, number 35, of the great Mung Being up. As always, it's packed with great art, poetry and literature, etc. Here's a link to five poems by me there, at the link you will also see further links to poems in previous issues. A great zine, a "must read."

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Rufous Salon

Happy to have a poem coming up soon in The Rufous Salon, 16th December to be precise. It's a zine which already has excellent work up, so check it out.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Real Stories Gallery

Real Stories Gallery is a hugely praiseworthy site, dedicated to enhancing AIDS awareness and reminding us, especially, of the victims of virgin rape in Africa and other victims. The many people, old and young, whose lives have been devastated by this illness, not just the odd junkie but a lot of very innocent people, both gay and straight.

Three more poems by me are up there, anyway, and I hope they help in some way.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Halfway Down The Stairs

Pleased to see that Halfway Down The Stairs, a truly excellent publication, have chosen one of mine as a favorite. The poem is here, and their other great choices here.

The Second Hump

Occasionally I have had things at The Camel Saloon, and now Russel Streur has started a Second Hump offshoot of the camel to make the postings more permanent, mine here.

However, the links I have posted to the right all seem to still apply at The Camel Saloon.

Epiphany Magazine

As promised three poems by me are up in the wonderful Epiphany Magazine, they have a great issue too, so check it out.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Widowmoon Press

As promised, two up at the new Widowmoon Press, the link to the poetry here. Check it out.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blue Lake Review

Enormously pleased to have a poem coming in the January issue of Blue Lake Review, a great place, check it out now.

Theory Train

A new zine called Theory Train will have a poem by me in their first issue. Looking forward to it.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Scars 2011 Wall Calender

Pleased to announce that a poem by me is in the 2011 Scars Publications Wall Calender, for April, and that this calender is available here, where you can read the poem online too.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mung Being 35

Delighted to say that five by me will be in the next issue, 35, of Mung Being. Truly one of the best zines out there, as I said before.

Can also say that a chapbook by me will be appearing in March 2011, no details at present, not even a title finalized, but one of some name is coming.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Motley Press Ezine

Pleased to have one by me coming in the November issue of Motley Press Ezine. Great place to be.

The Writing Disorder

Happy to say that five by me and a hugely beautiful photo of myself and a young black and tan lady, me with loose tooth, the puppy with a UTI, will be appearing in The Writing Disorder's winter issue.

Marvelous zine. She is eating vitamin C on veterinary advice. I am doing absolutely nothing about the tooth, being a natural-born Cletus.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Camel Saloon

Pleased to say that a poem by me is coming soon in The Camel Saloon, a very good place to drink indeed.

EDIT: And it's posted now here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Clockwise Cat XX

Just below I mention Clockwise Cat 19, where I evidently neglected, in my crapulence and debility, to submit poems. Three such, however, will be forthcoming in issue number 20, which is coming when it comes, information available to you at the link, but not to me while writing, on account of an extreme laziness that sort of precludes motion in my mouse hand just now.

Black-Listed Magazine

Hugely pleased to have two posted at Black-Listed Magazine, very prompt response, a very talented editor in Mike Meraz, and really impressive poetry there by some of the best currently active underground writers. My current two are here, others by me are linked to the right.

Clockwise Cat IXX

There 's a review of Maxwell Baumbach, and not less than three reviews of Mr. Michael McAloran up at Clockwise Cat. See below for links to the reviews. Generally speaking it seems to be a great issue, lots of excellent people there, plus a review of Inland Empire, one of my favorite films, by the editor Alison Ross herself.

As Alison says, many people dislike Lynch, on account of alleged pretentiousness or nasty hair, but that's not so. He always had lovely a haircut, and to see why he is not a bullshitting wannabe surrealist, but the real thing, read her review

Lynch, John Waters, Lars von Trier, Jean Rollin, Kurosawa, Jarmusch, Guy Ritchie, Clive Barker, Romero, Tarrantino and Rodriguez, these are all very different sorts of film people who are not crap. Some crap is good crap, even great crap; these just aren't crap at all.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Phantom Kangaroo

As promised one in the first Phantom Kangaroo, an excellent issue with many names I know in it. Do check it out.

The poem in question is one of many poems I have which complains about the lot of children, in that respect I am like the great Zé do Caixão, every sensible person's hero.

Caper Literary Journal

Delighted to have one by me up in issue 9 of the marvelous Caper Literary Journal.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sein und Werden

Pleased to have one due in the next web issue of Sein und Werden, the last issue up at the link is about a year old so good to see them back in action.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Media Virus 16

A poem by me up in issue 16 of Media Virus, a great little zine, so check it out

Gutter Eloquence 12

Two poems by me up in Gutter Eloquence twelve, a hugely great place to be and absolutely one of the best zines out there.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

H.O.D. 2

Delighted that Handful Of Dust 2, including a piece by me, turned out so excellently. Get it here as a pdf.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Phantom Kangaroo

One by me was just accepted gratifyingly quickly by Phantom Kangaroo, a new zine that I am looking forward to reading when it comes, due Halloween when phantom kangaroos are quite common sights even in Sweden.

Monday, October 25, 2010


The great zine with ergonomic art for odd shaped people, social-i, has been kind enough to take a poem for issue 3, coming sooner than the earlier acceptance for issue 4, unless they have an odd shaped chronology of issues too. Check out current work at their website here.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Literary Burlesque

Pleased to announce both an excellent new zine and my being first up in it. Here is The Literary Burlesque. The ones by me are here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Real Stories Gallery

Pleased to say that another five poems by me are posted now at Real Stories Gallery. They are up here. Real Stories is trying to combat ignorance about AIDS and the threat posed by this disease, which obviously still very much exists. So check them out here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eunoia Review

Pleased to say that three by me are forthcoming in Eunoia Review in December. It's a great new zine already full of excellent poetry so check it out now.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Milk Sugar

Another thing just posted, this time three poems in Milk Sugar, which is very fine indeed. I am slightly lactose intolerant, in general, but not in this case.)

Heavy Hands Ink 2

I just mentioned that the first was available, can also say that two were just accepted for issue two, it's the print version of Heavy Hands, obviously.

Stray Branch

Hugely pleased that six poems coming in #10 Vol 6 of The Stray Branch, an awesome place to be.

hard brackets

Three by me, light is a rope, gently the snow, and disparaging ideology or killing a wife, are up at a fine new zine called hardbrackets. Check them out.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Heavy Hands Ink 1

The 1st print issue of Heavy hands is out. Go get a copy linked at their blog. It's a great online zine for free, so worth a few dollars support, which also gets you a copy of a great print magazine.


Issue 12 of Sarasvati is out, it can be bought at the Indigo Dreams Online site and includes a few by me. Well worth buying.

Stepping Stones

The two poems promised a while ago are up there now at Stepping Stones, a great new magazine, well worth a visit.

The Nervous Breakdown

There's a self-interview and so forth in a little feature at The Nervous Breakdown. They have a tag function whereby everything tagged me will wind up here. The interview is here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Michael McAloran - Final Fragments reviewed

Final Fragments
Michael McAloran
chapbook review
Calliope Nerve Media

This is what it says, it is poetry as it expresses the last things one can say about the void, it is what a suicide can say before actually dying. “I am too patient, with my own death” says the protagonist. Aren't we all?

The book depicts the love of death, the “will to desist” as it grows and burgeons within the voice of the poems. It is, As Connie Stadler says on the cover, full of the heritage of Beckett and that existential tradition.

He shows the splendor that there is “to be had” in the world as a real possibility, but frivolous, just another chunk of nothing, and wants to join the darkness and its “earthen caress.”

Ultimately we all, in our fascination with death, approach it “as an idiot child approaches a silent clear infinite lake, yet without wonder” because there is no locus called “death” where we will “be.” There “is” no void. What is fascinating with death, however, as McAloran shows, is the alternative to saying no to life, this “tomb of idiocy.”

This book also touches the dark pleasures of the death-madness, “my heart vibrates...I piss upon love as if I were scratching at a festering wound..I find joy in the obscene..There is laughter, also, at the heart of the stricken void”

The book depicts a memory of a love and its abandonment, the memory of the woman seeming to become a corpse on a bed, because memories are corpses, ultimately, no use to us.

This is a very short review and the fragments are short, it's a fragmentary review of a book of fragments, and in it Michael McAloran becomes “the closed fist of the night” - a fist of poems ready to punch away some illusions from the reader's complacent face.

Get it from Calliope Nerve Media here. Or direct from this link.

Media Virus

Media Virus is a wonderful zine and in the next issue they will be including a poem by me called "some children." Check them out now.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Milk Sugar

Delighted to say that three by me are forthcoming in Milk Sugar online literary journal. They will be appearing this weekend I believe. For now there is a great issue up at the link too, so check it out.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Real Stories Gallery

There's a new website called Real Stories Gallery dedicated to Aids awareness, and this is obviously a cause everybody who isn't desperately religious and stupid must support. They have posted a page there related to me since the point of the dialogue isn't exclusively Aids-related poetry, which I don't write, but generally social and sexual relations, even how the human perceives her world.

Anyway, the site contains awesome work in the poetry and prose link by people like Bernedette Muthein, Dom Gabrielli, Carolyn Srygley-Moore, Peycho Kanev, Tim Barrus, Aad de Gids etc, and now a page with my stuff too. Mine is here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mung Being 34

The best and coolest of zines is up again with a new issue, Mung Being. Details of my stuff, including five new poems in this issue, here.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Masxwell Baumbach - Suburban Rhythm reviewed

Suburban Rhythm
Maxwell Baumbach
chapbook review

This is a brief review to draw the reader's attention to a new e-chapbook by poet Maxwell Baumbach that is available at the website.

Baumbach's work is refreshing since he has a very sharp eye for how he himself, other people, and the social confusion that is modern life, work. He writes precisely and accurately, with a modern understatement tinged with regret

if people
love you
is wonderful


if people
hate you
is even better


if people
nothing you
is when you are without purpose

He knows how relationships are and how they leave us fulfilled and unfulfilled, and why, and, as an honest man, can't offer a way out.

the people
I know
are flawed
that politician
on TV
a nice guy

The title says it all, it's about the suburban middle-class mediocre life on offer to us all, everywhere. Excellent work and free to read too, at the link above, check it out.

there are
jungle gyms
drenched in lighter fluid
next to
swimming pools of fire
thumbtack covered
monkey bars
attached to
razor blade slides
stove-top tire swings
above shark infested waters

this is one
beautiful playground
we have given our children

Friday, October 1, 2010

Howls & Pushycats

One by me in 1st issue of Howls and Pushycats which can be downloaded for free at the link. Seems to be a very good issue.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Poetic Diversity

A poem by me has been chosen for the December issue of Poetic Diversity, litzine of Los Angeles.

Talented editor Marie Lecrivain was good enough to review of dead snakes by me in the same zine, read the review here. That book, from Rain Over Bouville, can be downloaded free or bought in print here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Final Draft

Pleased that the featured poet bit is up at The Final Draft, especially since I don't do drafts, just write them straight off. Excellent zine, check them out.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mung Being 34

Very gratified to report that five poems by me are forthcoming in issue 34 of Mung Being, a very great magazine, of course. Details of the many poems I've had there already are at this link.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Epiphany Magazine

Delighted to have three poems upcoming in Epiphany Magazine. Very pleased by that. Check them out at the link.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sex & Murder

Very happy to say that four poems by me are now live in Volume 1 issue 14 of Sex & Murder, and there are online versions of everything, various downloads, and a link to buy print at this link. Do check it out, a wonderful zine as always

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Gutter Eloquence

Delighted to have a couple of poems in the next Gutter Eloquence Magazine, which is one of the absolutely best zines out there, both online and in print now, too. And if you don't like GEM, then fuck you.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Caper Literary Journal

One poem by me "knife and absence" is forthcoming in Caper Literary Journal's November issue. It's a great zine, check them out.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Carcinogenic Poetry

Happy to say that a medieval monk by me is up in Virgogray Press's Carcinogenic Poetry. Great zine, my contribution is here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Kerouac's Dog mag

Kerouac's Dog magazine are a great new zine who will have work by me in print issue two. Support them now on Indiegogo here. They will be highlighting new writing art and photography with a beat spirit. Check them out.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Final Draft

Heard today that a few poems by me will be used by a zine called The Final Draft. Very pleased to hear that, it's well worth checking out. They will be running a little interview, mugshot of my whole authentic ugliness, a picture of the island and so forth. Good for them, and they also need poetry submissions, if you swing that way.

Red Fez 28

Hugely happy to be in the illustrious Red Fez again. One by me called "ghosts burn" is posted here.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Hugely pleased to say that one poem by me, "mother of madness," is due in social-i who provide us with ergonomic art for odd shaped people, and whose third edition will be coming shortly, mine will be in the fourth, however, since I was confused by Duotrope and submitted too early. Anyway, check them out now here, since it's a great zine.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Psychic Meatloaf print issue #1

As promised, a link to the 1st print version of Psychic Meatloaf where there is work by me. It's well worth reading. Here it is.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Clockwise Cat 18

It's that four times a year time to be happy, people, since Clockwise Cat is out again. Issue eighteen is up and has three poems by me in it.

There are also reviews there what I wrote. Two books by Gillian Prew and one by David Mac. Buy all three or the bunny gets it!

Male, Pale & Old

Pleased to say that the new special issue of Literary Mary is out. Male, Pale & Old is an anthology issue with work from what they describe as "16 outstanding men of the small press." Very pleased to be included, check it out at the link.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Writing Disorder

Hugely pleased to say that at least three by me, maybe more, will be in Writing Disorder's Fall or Winter issue. Check this zine out now though.

Red Fez

Pleased to say that one by me will be in the next issue of Red Fez. Great zine, check it out.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Leaf Garden Press 10

Pleased to say that Leaf Garden Press is available for order or download as free pdf at their website here now. As always a wonderful zine. So buy it, or at least get the free version.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Gathered Bones - Michael Mc Aloran

The Gathered Bones
by Michael Mc Aloran
Calliope Nerve Media
40 pp
Calliope Nerve's storefront
chapbook review by David McLean

This little book by Irish poet Michael Mc Aloran is a marvelous set of comments on the poverty of consciousness as it faces death, decay and the fundamental exigencies of mortality and our shame before the temporary flesh.

The dregs

The filth

Burning the air like
Shredded paper

Sharded bones crackling their death
Consumed by the darkness
(from Shroud)

These poems are songs assembling our various pains and are marked by a powerful sense of hopeless anguish in the face of futural nothingness.

He leaves a

shroud of black knuckles cracking
in the vault of [the reader's] skull
(adapted from Skull)

Because it is a disgrace basically that although there will be ruins, we have no future state into which we may enter, just sullen death and terrible absence where everything about the self that actually renders it “us,” our actual consciousness, is absolutely extinguished and exists no more.

Much of poetry is premised upon religiosity. Among intelligent poets only Philip Larkin and Sylvia Plath stand as contributors to the Summa Atheologica. This is why this book is so congenial to me, it offers no consolation, there not being any, to those who regard their psyches as so perfect that they deserve survival.

And Mc Aloran uses a Bataille quote as a header to a poem. Certainly, this book is part of the accursed share, our mad expenditure of anxiety against what is perfectly natural, the excess energy that builds in this shitty society extravagantly expended in a potlatch of words offered to our own negative sensibilities. And it threatens the established at least in the sense that the alert reader may wonder about the point of going to work when

My laughter is
The fallen


And the night

Crushing my

The derelict
Silt of

My desire

Energy here is the eroticism of slow slicing, death by a thousand cuts, the bones falling regardless after, the whole chapbooks is an almost perfect set of songs from under the floorboards


The bones collapse
Breath upon flesh a trace of viscid night.

Flesh against flesh of desire

A taste of blood in the mouth
Nothingness to capture the cleft trailing winds

Through the absent skull an echoing dark light
Vibrating teeth of anguish

Ashen cries of final emptiness
The darkness clarifies

Tomb of forgotten breath

Meat of endless night in the catacombs of
Soundless dreaming

Buy it here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mung Being

Mung Being #33 is out. Hugely pleased to say that there are five poems there by me at this link. Fantastic zine as always, you really should read it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Gutter Eloquence Print

The long-awaited first print issue of Gutter Eloquence is out, work by me and many others. It really has a great line-up. Order here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Howls & Pushycats

Delighted to say that a poem by me called "we were drunk and hungry," based on a delightful true story of Russian Goth cannibalism, will be appearing in the 1st pdf issue of Howls & Pushycats, which has a promising name.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Petrichor Machine

Delighted to say that Petrichor Machine have accepted a piece by me for their first issue, this will go to print in May 2011. Details etc at their website here.

Deep Tissue 7

There's three things by me in the excellent seventh issue of Deep Tissue Magazine. Read it here.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Psychic Meatloaf

As earlier noted, two in first Psychic Meatloaf, and that is now available as a pdf or for online viewing with mine here. Coming soon in print and looks great.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gloom Cupboard 123

Delighted to have two poems by me in the new Gloom Cupboard. Excellent as always.

Hanging Johnny

Hugely delighted to hear that Skrev Press have been good enough to take four poems for the second edition of their anthology Hanging Johnny. They have a great website here, that you should check out, and I'm sure the anthology will be well worth your ordering it. Details here.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Fine Line

Pleased to say that The Fine Line will be running a poem by me in their next issue. Check them out here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stepping Stones Magazine Online

Pleased to say that two poems by me will be posted in a couple of weeks in Stepping Stones Magazine. Greta place to be.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kerouac's Dog

Delighted to say that a group of poems will be in the second issue of Kerouac's Dog, a new print quarterly that is inspired by the beat generation and the fifties, before even I was born, and by disobedient dogs who chew on the manuscript of On the Road. I'm looking forward to this one very much, get a copy of issue one, which is already full and coming soon, from the website.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Pleased to say that a poem by me will be up soon in Menagerie. The poem is about the good dog, not the stupid one who runs away and swallows five liters of water swimming round the lake before I catch him in the boat.

Anyway, lots of great work there already so check it out. Menagerie.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sex & Murder

Four poems, including yet another about Mr. Kemper, a man often considered naughty, forthcoming in the excellent zine Sex & Murder. This one will also feature the work of Michael McAloran, so I hear, a man not wholly unlike yours truly in terms of general positivity and optimism about life, reviewed by me below. Thanks to poetry editor Joseph M Gant for that.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Michael McAloran - Debris (review)

chapbook review
Debris, by Micheal McAloran
erbacce press, 36 pp. £5 / $7.50
reviewed by David McLean

Rip of silent blood
Torn veins of the skylines
My skull a death orchard of bound bones
In the sickness of my laughter I vomit scars

I cite here Scars, one of the poems in this collection in full. It is one of an impressive collection of short dark poems here that follow a specific form, in that they are apparently nihilistic in the axiological sense, and the language is very rich in images, stench images, the odor and color of blood and shit given us on the chipped plate of the new millennium's psyche. The richness of the last line here is typical

in others last lines may be

I am disgust

The debris of my tears ablaze

I am the spit of the sun's vulgarity

So each poem is a little jewel cracked from the modern cancer, the malfunctioning spiritual pneumatics in each one of us. I don't feel that McAloran is looking for some nasty god in the details, he is showing what there is if one seeks something allegedly more, some holy source of values. His sort of “nihilism” - like most others – is only nihilism if we feel that the question of a source of transcendent values is an open or interesting question. If we don't mind vomiting scars then we're home free.

Obliterated skull you are the
Silence of tombs
Rest rest for in your fatal flowerings
I am breathing

There is a promising conclusion here, as we hear at the end, we fill the world with our whatever

Tearing out stitches with my teeth
The echoes
Fill the skyline

We can live in the shit and learn to see the aesthetically appealing in the amplified roar of self-mutilation. This collection of aphorisms or sketches, almost a haiku feel to many of them, is one that I can heartily recommend. Get it at

Gloom Cupboard

"the devil" and "for Larkin" were just accepted for the next Gloom Cupboard. The latter of these two poems enjoys the distinction of being the 1000th poem accepted since I started submitting at the end of 2006/ start of 2007. Good for me.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Abridged - Magnolia Issue

Delighted to say that one by me is in the Magnolia issue of Abridged, a print zine from Ireland, to be launched in Belfast in September, due at the end of August. Looking forward to seeing it.

Editing this in October to say that I received my copy today and it's an incredibly well-produced, professional looking zine, with some great poetry and art between the covers.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Eclectic HOOKAH

Also from Calliope Nerve Media is the newsletter Eclectic HOOKAH. Two more poems by me will be coming in that soon. Check it out. Calliope Nerve has always provided great free work and great products to buy, and recently has been improving even more, great stuff available, so do take a peek. Here are the recent publications.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Calliope Nerve

Three poems by me due there on Sunday, but here's already a hell of a lot of good work at Calliope Nerve Weblog, so read it today too.


It's Sunday, so here they are - we mint a sullen currency - where my father lived - the dispassionate murderer's pilgrimage

Outsider Writers Interview

At The Outsider Writer's Collective there's a new interview with yours truly. I have huge problems taking interviews seriously but really did my best, there's surprisingly little profanity considering that it's me. Thanks to Joseph M Gant again for running the thing. The interview is here at the link.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Gutter Eloquence

Issue number ten of Gutter Eloquence Magazine is now out, it's here, one poem by me, here, and some really amazing work by many great writers. Check it out.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Deep Tissue 6

The July issue of Deep Tissue is out and it's awesome, read online here. Poems by me there to start a marvelous 112 page zine packed with great material.

Flutter out

Flutter Poetry Journal's July issue is out. As promised one by me is in it and it's here.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Static Movement

It's been a while since I submitted, but I did so again, and am pleased to say that five things are coming soon in the July issue of Static Movement, thanks to Chris Bartholomew for accepting them. The June issue is here.

EDIT: Ok, quick edit, July issue posted now, mine here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Vein

Happy to say that a new independent print zine, which will appear twice a year, has just accepted two poems, seminary and the poverty of words. These will be appearing in The Vein, they have a Facebook group, and it's here. Do join.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Psychic Meatloaf

Delighted to say that two by me will be in issue one of Psychic Meatloaf on or around 1st August 2010.

The very name assures us that it will be an awesome zine. Available both electronically and as a print version.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Camel Saloon

Two forthcoming soon at Camel Saloon, many excellent poems there already. Updating when posted as always.

EDIT: One up already and it's here. There are a whole load of excellent poems there apart from that one and another by me forthcoming.

Very like a slightly fat vegetable is a lemming. Go click the link to the right and buy a copy, not so many left now. Or buy a Cadver, that may be the best book, or even laugh at some funerals (in the nicest possible way, or with evil and malice scarcely concealed in your demeanor)

Second EDIT: Another posted now here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Heavy Hands

Delighted to say that a couple of poems were just posted at Heavy Hands. Great new zine. Read them and the other work here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mung Being 32

Delighted to see that Mung Being 32 is up, five poems by me and links to older work there are posted here. It's a great zine that totally kicks ass. Check it out.

Friday, June 4, 2010


One poem upcoming in Essence, a print magazine from Scotland. Delighted to have it there.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Flutter Poetry Journal

Delighted to say that, one, Flutter Poetry Journal is not closing, and, two, there will be a poem by me in their July issue. Thanks Sandy Benitez.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mung Being 32

Some by me forthcoming in Mung Being's 32nd issue which is about scams and con tricks. Always one of the absolutely best online zines, maybe THE best. Check it out, current issue is tribute and I'm there too.

Deep Tissue 5

A wonderful issue five of Deep Tissue up at scribd. Great work, huge congratulations to editor Glen Lantz, poems by myself, Jack Henry, AD Hitchen, and many others with other great work after this introductory trinity of young and not so young gods.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Yes, Poetry

As promised, a couple by me in the new Yes, Poetry. These two poems are here. Some pretty damn good poems there by many others, too. It's a first rate issue of a great zine.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Skive Magazine

Happy to say that a poem is forthcoming in Skive Magazine's June 2010 issue. Skive Future as it's become, with electronic media and so on. Great zine.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hazard Cat

Hazard Cat, as mentioned below were to post five poems. Did so today, here.

Gutter Eloquence

Delighted that issue ten of Gutter Eloquence Magazine, one of the best out there, will include "a narrow bed" by me - gutterific news in fact.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hudson View

Pleased to say that two will be forthcoming in the Summer issue of Hudson View. This is available for order etc here. Great place to be.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gillian Prew, short double review

standing still in motion
(Gillian Prew, 2009)

the idea of wings
(Gillian Prew, 2009)

reviewed by David McLean

These two books are both edited and produced by Prew herself, this as a matter of personal choice since she thought she could do the job more professionally than the available publishers in the small press. It is a tribute to her professionalism that this proves to be true.

Subject-wise, the poems in these books consider life, specifically her life, and in such a way that the content can be generalized. I have seen the subject matter described as existentialist, which a cursory glance assures us it isn't, taking existentialism as a movement allegedly started by Sartre, exhilarated and drunk on VE day, though some poems seem infused by the philosophy of existence, and philosophical questions concerning human existence.

The poetry is more one that articulates generally post-philosophical questions of meaning, and of the course and worth of reason, the location of a locus of identity and a quick overdraft of axiological credit on some secular account. Home and family, nature and buildings, all these subtle erections to split the sky

Generally the question is “why the fuck bother?” and the answer, reasonably enough, as she says, in a poem that cites Mr John Rotten, is that we are the mourners who mourn only ourselves (“the beggar's belief,” SSIM). It is generally the aesthetic that gives value, of course, and whether we crash and burn or not “its' the trying that counts” (“what am i doing right now?” SSIM). (Morally, I hope she means; aesthetically speaking; spewing up garbage is unforgivable.)

in the poem “the idea of wings” she writes

a crow knows what it needs to know

birds fly because they can

a human wing denies its own existence

her arms ached from flapping

This is perfect poetry. Sensu strictissimo there is no point in saying any of these four things to impart information. However, taken together, they give us a hint at an answer to the first of Kant's notorious three questions. She puts this question to herself as what she knows and whether a crow knows more than she does, boldly imputing knowledge to animals, though I am OK with that. (I feel that my poems deal with the other two, answering, respectively, “Whatever you feel like” and “Nothing, a complete cessation.”

Prew's poetry does not believe in ghosts. When she says we mourn ourselves, we are mourning our psyche, soul, the ghost in the human machine. For in writing a poem we are sometimes caught regretting the terrible decline of philosophical pneumatics, a fart blown away in the Darwinian wind.

This is her special forte. Poetry used to fill a pseudo-religious function, the roots of song in prayer, so secularizing verse is not always easy. Prew thinks clearly enough to cut through the crap spread by the soul-seeing self, this is the whimperings of (wo)man becoming nothing. Delighting in the damage.

it will all be ash even-
tually (ash is soft) that's why

I smile (that's why)

I'm not so concerned
with editing

I delight in the damaged. (I don't have

(the intimate structure of co-existence, TIOW)

This is a short review of two medium length books. You will be wanting both of them, unless there is something wrong with your sense of excellence. Order them from her at MySpace

Monday, May 3, 2010

1000th Monkey

As promised a little below, the 4th 1000th Monkey is available for order (or free download as a huge .pdf) here. I quote from most of their blurb - a poem by me is there too.

With contributions from: Theron Moore, Matt Gould, Thomas Sullivan, Jim Wittenberg, Jeffrey S. Callico, Michael McAloran, Michael J. Solender, Brad Nelson, Anna Nelson, Chris Nicholson, Doug Mathewson, Wred Fright, Jaria, Jenni Leigh, Paul Corman-Roberts, Kristin Fouquet, Erin Cole, Joseph M. Gant, JR McRae, Catfish McDaris, Walt Conley, Cliff Lynn, Allen Masterson, Lawrence Gladeview, Songtsen Hollander, David S. Pointer, Abigail George, Sal Butacci.

Editors: Content edited by Madrea Marie Loy, Produced by Lynn Alexander for OW Press.

Cover Photography by Kristin Fouquet.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Yes, Poetry

Pleased to say that a couple of things by me will be appearing in Yes, Poetry in their June issue. Check them out at the link.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Hazard Cat

Here there are three month old kittens, five poems written today about them were just taken by Hazard Cat and coming there together soon. Really fast acceptance, cat-themed zine, what more can you ask for?

Monday, April 26, 2010

1000th Monkey

Really pleased that a poem by me will be in the Outsider Writers Collective 1000th Monkey zine. Awesome work there of course, read about it here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Handful of Dust

A new zine called H.O.D will be running a poem by me in their 1st issue and another in their second. Check them out here. 1st issue is due on the 1st day of summer, when ever that may be. A zine mostly for grit-lit according to their website.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Clutching At Straws

Pleased to say that a poem by me will soon be posted in the zine Clutching at Straws. Some great work up there.

EDIT: it's up now here.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Sarasvati is a goddess of knowledge, and also a zine in the Indigo Dreams stable. Just heard that five by me are forthcoming in an upcoming issue, details and links to purchase etc later as usual. Check it out if you either write or read. Both of which you probably do if you are reading this. It's here.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fuck Poetry

John Burroughs, Jesus Crisis over at Crisis Chronicles, has now got his Fuck Poetry issue out, and you can order a copy here. Work in this by myself, Puma Perl, and Misti Rainwater-Lites, among many others. So get yourself one.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Just a link to FiledBy where I have linked the three major books so far. A few other things there too.

View David McLean's profile on FiledBy

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Leaf Garden Press

Started sending in a few submissions here and there, and in July issue ten of Leaf Garden Press, which is a damn good zine, will contain four poems by me. They have a print issue too apart from the pdf version.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sex & Murder

Very nearly under my correct name there are a couple of poems by me up in the latest issue of Sex & Murder.

I seriously hope I update this link when their next issue comes to point to the archive, but it seems bloody unlikely...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Gillian Prew - moving on the madness

I just read moving on the madness by Gillian Prew, the UK's uncrowned queen of words. The review is up at Lulu where she publishes by choice. Read it here, and buy the thing or be a vaster cunt than the one to which she refers in the book.

Mung Being

Most readers will know that Todd Moore unfortunately died recently. Todd was one of the greatest poets active in America and he is greatly missed. Before he passed away he was kind enough to write a review of my latest book and that review is up now in Mung Being 31 at this link.

A notice of Todd's death by Tony Moffeit, co-founder with Todd of the Outlaw Poetry genre is also up here at this link. Todd will be sorely missed and I'm enormously grateful for the review.

There are five poems by me in the issue as well and the page that lists them and all my various contributions to earlier issues of Mung Being is at this link.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Danse Macabre

Happy to have one up in the Canto part of the Belles-lettres issue of Danse Macabre, mine is here. It's a packed and excellent issue, so check out the whole thing.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Stray Branch

The pdf of issue five of Stray branch contains three by me at this link. Alternatively it may be purchased in print for nine bucks here. Lot of other great work there too.

Clockwise Cat

Issue 16 of the great zine Clockwise Cat is up. Many reviews there, including one of my new book by Wolf Carstens. The links to buy aren't working but buy it here at epic rites or after the 12th at SPD. There's a review of Wolfgang's awesome debut collection, which I edited, crudely mistaken for life by me here. Also one by me of Jack Henry's wonderful crunked which is due from us this fall. Then another review by me of Puma Perl's new book knuckle tattoos which defeated the whole goddam world to win the Erbacce prize. A few reviews to read, a few books to buy. So get busy.

Here is the epic rites list currently at Small Press Distribution,

Friday, February 12, 2010

The The

a sudden deer by me apparently due soon at The The, requested by Craig Sernotti when he saw it elsewhere. Check the blog of words out now for other excellent work, including one by Melanie Brown.

EDIT: Posted now here.

Mung Being 31

Just pleased to have five accepted for the forthcoming tribute version of the excellent Mung Being. That would be three about Freddy Kreuger, a less serious one about Heidegger, and one about Kerouac. Anyway, Mung Being is a fabby zine, and here's my bit in 29.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Heavy Bear 5

As promised earlier down the page, two by me in new Heavy Bear, here. Also poems by, among many others, Joseph Trombatore and Felino Soriano.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Black Listed

Three requested by Black Listed Magazine editor Mike Meraz are now up there at this link. Thanks Mike, and it's a great zine the reader will want to check out, lots of great stuff up there already.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Heavy Bear

Two poems forthcoming in issue #5 of Heavy Bear. Look out for issue #5 which is appearing in a day or two.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sex & Murder

Submitting far less nowadays, but sitll to a few select zines and some new zines. A very select one is Sex & Murder. Just had five, satisfyingly promptly, accepted by Joseph M. Gant, poetry editor there, and had poems in their first issue too, which I particularly like, and that issue is here.

EDIT: One up now here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Open Wide

Three poems here by me originally attached to a bio and name belonging to a person I never knew about before who has a similar name. However, I must praise Open Wide Magazine for very prompt response, being myself a person who can answer an email without reflecting for days. So good for them. The similarly named guy is publishing under the name David Mac apparently, so watch out for him, eveyrbody with a name something like mine must be good.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Gutter Eloquence 7

Gutter Eloquence 7 is up, and one by me here since this is one of the few online zines to which I shall still submit now and then.

Also work there by Puma Perl, and though I do not review much at all now, technically speaking have stopped, I shall be reviewing her Knuckle Tattoos, which won the erbacce press contest. I am reading it now and it's really incredibly good, better than the chapbook, and the first full length by somebody who is going to be large, IMHO. My O is maybe not so H but wtf.