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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 partner, dogs and cats. In addition to six chapbooks, McLean is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Cadaver’s Dance (Whistling Shade Press, 2008), Pushing Lemmings (Erbacce Press, 2009), and Laughing at Funerals (Epic Rites Press, 2010). His first novel, Henrietta Remembers, is coming in 2014. A seventh chapbook, Shouting at Ghosts, is forthcoming from Grey Book Press in 2013. More information about McLean can be found at his blog:



positing no being

but if it were to return
and i were to say “yes”
to my fingers burning
cold their autumn,

to the extent of water,
and of water in bodies
flowing good and ill,
not as if Nietzsche defied

simple mechanics which denies
possible return, denies
it in principle,
but just if, per

impossibile, i said “yes” -
which i just did



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