THE TEN PAGES PRESS READER – VOL. 3

Offering 47 is now available: The Ten Pages Press Reader (Volume III).

like a voice
David McLean
like a voice in the nighttime
a lady asking how empires fall
and what the point of it might be
building stones on bodies on pieces of time
they have sliced and keep in buckets,

all the happy ghosts standing on fortifications
where they have been soldiers,
where they have been swordsmen
or whores and glorious,
like a god dressed in the seed

of some deep avocation. promises
and whatever, all the reasons we are lacking,
all dressed up in eyes and voices
in the nighttime, ghosts again;
sex and time out of mind,

a night alive

ALL THE DAMAGED GODS by David McLean

The thirteenth offering from Ten Pages Press is now available: All the Damaged Gods by David McLean.

tiniest child

the tiniest child
with axes in her eyes
designing damage
like infancy
might have been.
the wind blows
lies from the trees
leaves in a mother’s ugly
mouth, time and timelessness
becoming dead babies, dust
and absolute absences;
cotton-wool
and nothing: an ax
is the eyes of the tiniest
child; she is evidently
alive