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  • By Gillian Prew
    Mar 19, 2011
    There is practically no poet writing today as prolific as David McLean, but what is truly remarkable is his consistency in quality and thought. McLean is secure in his notion of Being subscribing to a primarily existential ontology but pushing further into nihilistic notions of value and meaning. Things happen and then we die. it is evening and death is waiting - no body waits naked (this journey, p4) In this lifespan we are nothing more than a part of nature susceptible to the same processes and endings. Stars are not in heaven and we don’t go there. In fact, ‘heaven’ is probably meaningless for McLean for, like God, it does not in fact refer to anything in the world. he was part of me, basically, like everything i see, like the starry night sky, like the whole of reality. (what Sisyphus understood, p5) His lowercase ‘i’ would confirm the insignificance of the individual. And yet, pure beauty… i might have wanted to be Genet in Andalusia in 1934, though i never saw love like a spun... More > ray of light fall between two friends, just the utility they raped from each other, like the gross black (Genet in Andalusia, p7) The entire ‘lullaby’ (p25) is extremely beautiful. Dedicated to Auden it displays the magnitude of McLean’s talent. It is poetic in the truest sense…using language to distil a beauty from the darkness… come rest your fleshless head, my death, immortal on my cancerous arm. McLean can almost be visually pictured walking his dog in the Swedish gloom in ‘nothing more like life’ (p12) nothing more like life nothing is more like life than gray autumn rain falling dull day on mud and trees and me, like a memory already and a dog walking because that is duty, like dark falling at two o'clock a timeless twilight, nothing more like life The en soi of the dog authentic, the ‘is’ of Being…the moment mostly all that matters as everything prior can only be the unreliable memories of a tedious history. And in ‘gentle memory’ (p27), we see the themes of memory and meaning. Medieval monks, although scholars and thinkers, tainted by the need for meaning much of which ends in the irrational acceptance of a higher being…an unfulfilled burden. gentle memory washes an antique monastery where monks would touch the stubble on their gray faces with inquisitive fingers, and wonder why bodies were fraught with need and meaning, though heaven weighted them with a wait for forever. In ‘the lake and glib nature’ (p28) McLean is literally at home. the lake sings mourning and sterile life, although it is full of simple living leading to exquisite nothing and never intending to, either; because nature knows nowhere better than never, it knows all the emptiness perfectly well, all the pointless teleology leading nowhere, life strives because of the surprisingly easy And in ‘show me’ (p40) we have an insight into the essence of McLean though by no means in the Aristotelian sense. show me your wounds, my impending death, before my zombie eyes are nighttime. here a sun shuffles as dogs run and leaves are autumn in the water. show me your wounds in my skin, this winter innocence coming undone. show me some blood and fun. David McLean is THE poet of our time and this probably his best book to date. The poems are beautifully written and intellectually rigorous yet they are accessible to the majority of us with lesser minds. You can download this for free but I would advise you to part with the money for the book. You will want to hold this with love - something McLean, despite his nihilistic affiliations, wholly believes in.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781257062300
Publisher
Heavy Hands Ink
Published
March 21, 2011
Language
English
Pages
46
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.26 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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