dead baby by David McLean

memory is a dead baby gray & unnecessary, oblivion is for living children invisible absences dancing

here they have assembled these dancing absences madmen & we have died them invidious missing. the ghosts indefatigable they are dreaming unreasonable // for we have been these monstrous necessities forever ineffable. this is their god & its notness. this is obsolescent & stopping the sleep of reason or a dreamless abortion, this is being


David McLean is from Wales but has lived in Sweden since 1987. He lives there with his dogs Oscar, Costa, & Wendy. In addition to various chapbooks, McLean is the author of seven full-length poetry collections. The last four of these are from Oneiros Books and called NOBODY WANTS TO GO TO HEAVEN BUT EVERYBODY WANTS TO DIE (June, 2013), THINGS THE DEAD SAY (Feb, 2014), OF DESIRE AND THE LESION THAT IS THE EGO (May, 2014) & ZARA & THE GHOST OF GERTRUDE (Oct, 2014). Two novels HENRIETTA REMEMBERS (2015)and FLESH & RESURRECTION (2015) are also at Oneiros Book. More information about McLean can be found at his blogs & His latest chapbook, from which these poems come, is now available from Black Editions Press:


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