with David C. McLean:
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
- I pretty much quit submitting very quickly since I lived in Sweden and submitted by snail mail. It took time & effort. I started writing more seriously in 2007 & never submitted by snail mail this time around. I had a couple of thousand poems in various publications, online & in print but submissions slowed to a trickle and stopped in 2017. I used to publish in the small press, but self-publish now to cut back on various negative aspects of that.
Originally my influences were Sylvia Plath, Auden, Eliot, Philip Larkin, Anne Sexton, Trakl, & Rimbaud. Generally though, philosophy has always influenced me much more. Deleuze & Guattari & Lyotard in particular. Lacan as well. Heidegger. Music, rock, reggae, goth, punk, & metal, all these have given me references.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
David: Influences today are mostly philosophy, the environment, & animals. also the brilliant poet Tanya Rakh. She is the only living poet I have taken epigraphs from. I am fond of Artaud & Gertrude Stein too.
I no longer affiliate with humanity, my allegiance lies elsewhere. Becomings-animal, in Deleuze & Guattari’s work, are very inspirational, since they show how a posthuman state can be understood like postmodernism as not a successor state, as “post” implies, but a crisis state or a reversion – the end of philosophy in the pre-Socratics, for Heidegger, while I align more with beasts than people. I am Aries with Mercury & Venus both in Pisces, & moon in Gemini. I’m sure that helps when it comes to writing.
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art? Have any travels away from home influence your work?
David: Wales. I lived in Brixton, London after Oxford though. I live in Sweden now, & lived in Indiana for three years up till December 2020. All these things probably influenced various elements, not necessarily consciously. I do not write much about social issues, but I am an antinatalist & vegan. I do not want humans extinct necessarily, just a whole lot less of them. A great deal of what I do mention about society involves things that are vaguely Foucauldian; about biopower, indoctrination, & psychiatric, social, & medical fascism. Nietzsche’s “abyss” quote is about how “progressives” become fascists or worse, while allegedly fighting fascism, & the Foucauldian critique of the allegedly well-meaning “medical” fascism, disciplining unruly bodies, is much more wide-ranging.
Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?
David: Honestly, I prefer the series of “poems for Veronica” published recently. Other recent work too. too little beast is my antihumanist antinatalist manifesto, as it were. It’s at the Lulu link too. The earlier chapbook version too much human is on the Aamzon page.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer/artist?
David: Probably when I realized that I needed to keep myself sane, then later when I realized that sane was too high an ambition, functional would have to do.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
David: Not really, watching TV? Reading. Talking to Veronica makes me happy, when she can. Memes. That’s about it. Generally I like taking drugs, but money is an issue at the moment, & all my connections are in Stockholm.
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?
The latest posts in this blog relate to the books I mentioned above. https://posthumouspoems.blogspot.com/
Lulu shop here https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/posthumanpoetry
There is an Amazon author page but that only has older work there at present. The rest will be up there at some point though, even if Amazon are a complete disgrace. https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B08TV8S388
This blog post links pretty much all the books I currently promote. https://posthumouspoems.blogspot.com/2020/11/work-available-by-david-c-mclean.html
Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others?
David: I can’t choose just one thing, sorry. But here is a link to four samples from the last book. https://posthumouspoems.blogspot.com/2021/07/four-samples-from-all-shall-be-well.html
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
David: Right now my muse, Veronica Falletta. Without somebody to love, I tend to be very negative. I don’t want to revert to that.
As I said before, the only living writer I take epigraphs etc from is Tanya Rakh. So them I suppose. Tanya helps me maintain a positive attitude as well through chat.
The goddess has helped immensely, I write about her in the most recent books. She is not fond of humans but is OK with me. After getting covid in Indiana about a year ago, I have had no COPD symptoms, my heart feels way healthier, and most of the gray left my beard (I shave my head). I have the goddess to thank for that.
A friend of mine in Sweden, Moa, has helped enormously with practical things over the years. Another lady in Sweden, Emma, has served as muse most auspiciously in the past.