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.