Six poems by Michael Mc Aloran

Michael Mc Aloran was Belfast born, (1976). His most recent work has appeared  in ditch,Gobbet Magazine, Ink Sweat & Tears, Ygdrasil, Establishment, Carcinogenic, Primal Urge, Stride, A New Ulster, etc. A second full length collection, ‘Attributes’, was published by ‘Desperanto’ in 2011. ‘Lapwing Publications, (Ireland), also published a collection of his poems, ‘The Non Herein’, in 2012 & The Knives, Forks & Spoons Press, (U.K), will release ‘Emblems’ and also an ekphrastic book of text/ art, ‘Machinations’ later this year. He also has two projects forthcoming from Quarter After Press. He edits Bone Orchard Poetry, a webzine of the bleak/ the dark/ the surreal and the experimental: http://www.boneorchardpoetry.blogspot.com

 

Six poems by Michael Mc Aloran

#2-

Severed winds…sunken foothold…(say it)…nothing more…

Breathless the eye…the locked jaw…emptied socket…absolute/ done for…

Vacant rooms of clogged time…silent memories…darkness…

Bone/ exposed sunlight…smeared teeth…zero point…in-dreaming…

Scratch and scrape at…(say it again)…all done yet all unknown…

Hollow eye…dead feel of…subtle light and then glistening…

Shadow…what was if…never birched/ never called upon…alack…

Oceanic ruptures…why ask of the now or then…(unsaid)…

#4-

Heartless ash…seethe of prism…dead light…breath of exigent…

Carrion murmurs…dead heat of…lapse of night…subtle as…

Never speech…never fleshed…all spoken dead…axial adrift alack…

Spoken/ the none abounding…dead stun/ the hard scar/ the wilting blood

Windows ablaze…emptily to trace breath…sing lack/ trace/ benign… 

Overshadowed…obsolete…decaying time…bustling remnants of skull..

Tears to grasp…silver light of devotional…ashen…

#5-

Havoc breath…flesh/ broken lockets of silence…memory afar…stirring 

Shifting with death…tidal…in pit of shadow…laughter out…

Spat/ endless ennui…vault/ colourless flowers…

Head in dirt…majestic fading away…lightless of night’s caress…

Ondelay/ after lay/ the breaking teeth of none/…/ (of else or)…

Subtle as…a jaw broken…lifeless breathing…yet…

Asked of…turning upon the…said alongside…bartered for/…/all

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Bone chime…in spleen of eye…discarded flesh of…marrow of… 

Breath of…glint…say no/ none…(not at all)…shadowing…

Char of night…echo of abandon…flourish/ bloodless…

Say it/ none…whisper eternal…nothing left…scarred unto…

Say it/ once more…no matter…vapour trail of silence…

Sky without laughter…where now…back again…dead else…

Until flux abandoned…dressage of night’s elixir…sheet metal sky…

Abandoned else…rind…breaking upon…ripped…non-else…

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Nudity of thunder…shaft of breath…cold light…foreign…

Rendered unto soil…shattered glass…shredded/ lost…

Open air…a sarcophagus of dreaming…nothing left but to…impotently

Shadow mocks the sun…pulse aligned…centre dead centre…

Ash/ tributary winds…back then to avalanche…

Cum upon dried flowers…spoken for…denuded as foreign snow

Fettered yes/ fettering abounding…restless spit of death’s lime…

Asking of…stammer/ collapse…from out of which…no…

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Waxen meat…oceanic/ still…absence of recall…

Stain of eye…severed stillness…none/ laughter/ until there is…

Lime upon raw wounds…sky-burst of…nothing more or less…

Swirl of death…lapse…polka of despair…as if to…fade…

Sun/ star/ cry… of the silence of… 

Echo of silence…deathed all/ non-death…stay…afar/away…

Trickle of blood…hands eroded…the rot of…

Stagnant colours…sunk…vault not void/ speech(less)…

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