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David McLean

David McLean


David McLean is from Wales but has lived in Sweden since 1987. He lives there with his dog, Oscar, and his computers. In addition to seven chapbooks, McLean is the author of four full-length poetry collections: CADAVER’S DANCE (Whistling Shade Press, 2008), PUSHING LEMMINGS (Erbacce Press, 2009), LAUGHING AT FUNERALS (Epic Rites Press, 2010) and NOBODY WANTS TO GO TO HEAVEN BUT EVERYBODY WANTS TO DIE (Oneiros Books, June 2013). His first novel HENRIETTA REMEMBERS is due in 2014 from Unlikely Books. During 2013 a seventh chapbook SHOUTING AT GHOSTS is forthcoming from Grey Book Press. More information about McLean can be found at his blog http://mourningabortion.blogspot.com/

Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:04

Three Poems

forbidden words

it is the heavy and forbidden word
homeless a logos saying memory forgotten,
the immortal censored self a wait
and evident expectations
scratched in the thin skin,
a sexless palimpsest
is the terrible poverty of the text

itself, a superego written in ambitious
children, home and the hopeless
and faces to be a freedom
it is forbidden words forever;
the criminal extent of dreaming,

it is night, this memory -
there is no “we”
and we are bleeding

the murderers sleep

the murderers are sleeping
in all the televisions

they are expressing empty
and nothing is forbidden

except for morality
and words like ”good” and “evil”

the murderers are sleeping here
because bodies have forgotten dreaming;

the murderers are sleeping
the serial wait of being


they wrote forbidden
like eating beans or dead dreams,

like sex with consenting chickens
because this was always religion:

a forgotten god
wearing his burden of social control,

cocaine and coal miners
or insolent wanderers

playing nomads and homeless;
for certain things are bad

and should never be forgiven,
especially not time and life

and all their eternal children,
especially not freedom