Monday, 24 November 2008

the streets are lined by David McLean

the streets are lined with where they were
once – all those who simply stopped
like being was dust in nobody's pocket
and living sinful

the streets are lined with memories
and the fact that i do not remember them
and none are in any everyday heaven
where angels piece their days together

out of love and tiny flakes of snow
the recollection that collects in the nose
as the blood dries still in my lively veins
and crystals that line my face

are licked from the devil's threadbare
carpet, chewing the glass for my eyes
i do not remember them, never knew them
memories and life, just tired time


David McLean, Sweden


Crafty Green Poet said...

"David McLean is Welsh though he has lived in Sweden since 1987. He has a couple of chapbooks out, one a free download at The other, in print, can be ordered at He has a full length poetry collection available at Whistling Shade Press called Cadaver's dance. It can be ordered on or on A second book of 128 pp is coming from Erbacce-press in August, "pushing lemmings." There is a self-published book of 109 pages at Lulu called "eating your night" - There are 550 poems now in, or forthcoming, in round 250 magazines online and/or in print. Details are at his blog at htpp://"

Crafty Green Poet said...

updated bio:

David McLean is Welsh but has lived in Sweden since 1987. He lives there in a cottage on a hill with a woman, five selfish cats, and a puppy. He has two full length books out. One, pushing lemmings, at erbacce-press and another, Cadaver's dance, available at Alibris or Details of chapbooks and round 650 poems in or forthcoming at 280 places online or print over the last eighteen months are at htpp:// A new chapbook, La morte vivante, is available from Shadow Archer Press. Another chapbook is free online at Two more chapbooks so far are coming in 2009 from Rain over Bouville and Poptritus Press.

Anonymous said...

Subtle, melancholy, like a study in greys but still with a kind of ineffable beauty.

Gordon Mason said...

The stark imagery here is very powerful; "dust in nobody's pocket" and "recollection that collects in the nose" are wonderful.

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