Michael Mc Aloran







…no never of/ never of the longing for/ yet choke stone dust in fathom lung abounding/

the restless eye knotted clefts of teeth abortive unto spasm hilt/ locked underwater dredge/

what stun till paradisal winds a closure of redeem ever-lost no not a trace breath skulled unto/

unto the winds that break from knowledge passive flung unto the rabid dogs/

blind blight a lock-held shadowing clasp-knife breathing severance erase not no/

not a trace skulk in or out of sound reductive fallen nothing uttered but for some trace desire for

endless stone eclipt/ what pageantry motion unto waste/ unto/

echo skin dressage of foreign nothing stripped to bone of rapture solace bled by dark/

closed fist gathered up proximity not a chance nor else given the neutral bleed some

trace malign etch of cold weight at vacuum’s edge/ some carnage garden where/

skinned beknown given to outcry solace no undoing as it runs further into nowhere left to be/

some tilt yet heather roll in bleak blind air/ absurdly fleshed/ of yet/ ever-yet/

sudden in outcry traceless becoming heartless stone lapse/ bared teeth eradicated/

in a smear of recollect/ such as is what of/ known of it forgotten not a trace ever of remaining breakage

of what chance/ accustomed to some blind soil base rubbed into skin’s reflect dice thrown yet yes yet

mentioned ever of before till weight/ belonging lost/ it is stun/ none/

a swarm of flies in stitched mouth no longer gratified by anything other than a skyline/

evacuation of innards/ a savage dressage/ a birth a burst womb of silenteeism reckless tint of flayed

bones wracking in pulseless glory eye unfathoming/

till foreign/ not a/ still yet in of what come to pass will never arrive no departure from yet exit lights

abounding allwhile/ taken by given some lax retort a lax recoil into nowhere having fashioning some

breath by which to continue/ nowhere/ effortless recourse to some orchid blood flowing freely from

gashed wounds here there from out of never close departed sudden in outcry given more than ever

not/ no nothing more some semblance rot of eye rescind the closed fetal breath bespoke forgotten/

blinded by tears that will not/ cannot/ closes in upon closed fist glass shattered breaking out from

night/ nothing left to/ it continues/ it retraces/ casts only shadow’s breathing lapse will else dead

centre hollow edge gathering up some absolute debris shed by intricacy/ bite derision collapse skull

wrench all salve and surface/ a kiss of bled stone lights no further purpose/ no/

traces on in maddening steel eclipted madly the skyline ripped from view by assassin eyes fixed

upon less vengeance utters no unto throughout cold breath/

breakage from centre nothing clad with acrid pelts shed in some bitter unbecoming becoming/ in the

knowledge that must cease on its own terms what once till sound subsides and fades/

it parallax till bite of dawn beneath an amputee skyline of said what said says on not a/ here we a/

eye-bite sullen inwardly some lapse in azure cheer head of dust of sand of blood of/

fleshed abandon here or there from out of which what matter sunk stone head decide it says claims

for final/ of the final/ and the bread broke drying away nothing venerable no nothing claimed/

fallen/ as never was/ fallen steps retraced/ fallen steps retraced/ tread dead but once as if never

having been other than what season’s drift collision breath unskied as blood’s metallic upon

the tongue/ given to cry out into some nothing other given having splayed this yet alone tearing

pulse from bitten exigency/ shallow dread pierce of eye till lapse forgotten breaking bones in grind of

majesty/ feeling for oceanic in a dark light’s rupture/ none/ it lapse what bitter sting haven of

unstead till clamour dark what sense devoured beyond having breathed less than was necessary in

a collision of silent all lights divided/ nothing more becoming fallen from depth’s height peering

out into some cold static/ abort of none/ it/ eviscerate/ vivisected children rain-drenched some

foreign light escaping from some origin upon a frozen hillside skies darkened by lapse death rising

up as of winds to shatter/ all purpose close of door slams shut exposed eye graceless pageantry/

skulled lest of held in an excise of tragedia skinned to precipice denounced/ all lapse here or other/

again/ once again/ some silence then breaking forth/ yet clamour of spinal outstretched in velvet

sands flecked with blood (the) ruination of/ where one cannot go/ yet butcher’s laughter yes the

bellows’ laughter an ancient language of vibration in meat-drenched bones an affluence

collectively forgotten/ as pulse white bends in a holocaust of eradicate/ it is/

was is if unto is or of nor broke stone repetition forget forgotten/ flows ever-long/

as if to say that/ cracked knuckles viscous dreaming shadows a breathing else as if to say

withstand where there is no longer any point of departure/ whispers collected in jaws agape/ hyenic

laughter fragrant as rotting shit blessed be the echoing chamber the lie of whittled bone silences

cease to be as it forever says what nocturnes to behold/ collectively taken as far and from

forgiving/ a taint of cum/ spittle/ sweat/ dry ice and an opiate syllabus counting out hours in the

pit illumined skyline as if to/ some stylus blackened/ fleshed till dreaming of/

broken doors an evisceration of walls peeling their papyrus designs in some rotting vagary no less the

vacancy of smooth occultish absolute/ it done be in turning over in sleep this sleepless dreaming

becoming other than what of it/ from sidelong side broken entity/ the clasp weight of fallen taint a-

stream in cold arthritic fingers no longer useful from out of some departure a given raise a

shattered smile of bloodied teeth/ this scum ill-breath no longer of/ breathes because/ from out of

birthed gardenias droves of forgotten prayers seeking shrift from shift promise no longer the or

other than what/ if/ rounding out a naught from glimmer X. abounding in some semblance/

forgotten/ cast off spitting at some stone wind this wilting blood sarcophagus drag of the here there or

hereafter/ nothing’s claim irreducible ennui pelt hung no/ no  other purpose/

wrung knuckles some bruised calm of eye of which till sunlight’s beckoning some further distance/ no/

not a/ burns off trace traceless echoing adrift in mindless vortice nothing ever other than/ stripped

carcass of sound blinded by lights escapade/ forgotten/ fall what fallen of/

in a collapse of prism purpose prism failure some blood to taste a withered lightless/

intent driven from the beyond nor which artery climate/ sudden to exhale silver smoke a trace of

desire/ nothing to see or other to move along unto lacks distance ever-way trace of the malign feature

the blind eyes burning out of their socket graves where the charred teeth chatter/

solace what sun a diseased railing against some other than/ an unknown pageantry of sense/

disintegration/ sudden to recollect exhalation of razor entity deals in death-cards empty traces/

nothing more than spelling it out the words unraveling/ it/ what equates with soundless sound

tearing some trace from vibration nights till dredged becoming else collision collide/ falter/ ex

nihilo collide from out of none a face obliterated skyline chalice of bone warped lights lapse stillness

pared amber colourless appeal/ outstretched the arms that limply fall to some circus paradigm

obsolete devoured sands in throat/ colossus shadowing of breath spoken dead once all bled some

solace never unto ever what struck from opus lock an unturned key/ design desire breath spat out

forage glimmer appeal till obsolete shudder taste climbs through cannot no way unto having other

than of foreign silence beckoning/ till clear cut what cut glass spattered with bloody

exclamation mark stench reek lapse faculty erased breathe some abattoir irredempt/

falters none in none no nothing of till tilt tint of shadowing no longer the tired of exhausted fumes/

dry clear in asking of forgotten/ knocking for some final some what or if given unto dreaming

forgotten/ else collision rotting nothing/ exile in the bleed/ a foreign disclosure discharge fallen

wrenched from sacrosanct not a breath till worship driven from out of breath/ sunk eye in dog shit ever

on display/ what lung eye given a trace of dead airs a fading musicality a dreaming next to follow…



Extract from ‘At Vacuum’s Edge’










Michael Mc Aloran was Belfast born, (1976). He grew up in Co. Clare. He is the author of a number of collections of poetry, prose poetry, poetic aphorisms and prose, most notably ‘Attributes’, (Desperanto, NY, 2011), ‘The Non Herein’ & ‘Of Dead Silences’ (Lapwing Publications, 2011/ 2013), ‘Of the Nothing Of’, ‘The Zero Eye’, ‘The Bled Sun’, ‘In Damage Seasons’,(Oneiros Books (U.K)–2013/ 14); ‘Code #4 Texts’, a collaboration with the Dutch poet, Aad de Gids, was also published in 2014 by Oneiros. He was also the editor/ creator of Bone Orchard Poetry, & edited for Oneiros Books (U.K 2013/ 2014). A further collection, ‘Un-Sight/ Un-Sound (delirium X.), was published by gnOme books (U.S), and ‘EchoNone’ & ‘Of Dissipating Traces’ were also released by Oneiros Books…’breath(en) flux’, a chapbook, was recently released by Hesterglock Press. Black Editions Press recently released ‘in absentia’ & ‘In Arena Night’, ‘bone silences’, plus two ‘Untitled’ projects & ‘At Vacuum’s Edge’…


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