night the brutal skull by David McLean



night the brutal skull

we sleep under numb night the brutal skull
no words left in it, insects & innocence,
we sleep the terrible membrane
blood & the fang is absence

the light falling under sidewalks
& there are no ghosts to do this walking
through love or their hunger, just bones
& homeless

there is no killing here, just everyday murder


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 eight full-length poetry collections. The four through seven of these are from Oneiros Books and called NOBODY WANTS TO TO 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). An eighth full length is now available called OF DESIRE & THE DESERT at Black Editions Press. 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 chapbooks are from Black Editions Press: PASSION IS DEAD FLESH & TOO MUCH HUMAN, the latter being his first political book & advocating antinatalism & a radical reduction of human overpopulation: