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SOCIALISM AND COLLAPSE

I’m a middle-aged man born nearly 50 years ago who has been a socialist since my early teens. So I’m about a quarter the age of socialism itself. I have a lot of rural rebel heritage. Lordan’s played an important role in the Irish revolution’s most successful flying column – The 3rd West Cork Brigade, […]

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AN ARTIST’S PLEDGE TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL #standupforsally #BoycottApartheid #sallyrooney

I am proud to be among the many Irish and Ireland-based artists from across creative disciplines who have chosen to publicly support the growing campaign of boycott against apartheid Israel. Compared to the imprisoned Palestinian people themselves and to those taking part in flotillas and other perilous anti-apartheid activities in Palestine our contribution and risk […]

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ON MY FAILURE AS A NOVELIST

I wrote a novel once, back in 2009, when I lived in Mantova in Northern Italy. I had to do it to find out if i could write them, if i was a novelist as well as a poet. It took 9 months, maybe ten months, solid writing, maybe 20 hrs a week on avg. […]

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Medium e-book #poetry #freebook

Please find above e-book version of my latest collection Medium. Free to download but donations appreciated and you can send money here: paypal.me/DaveLordan  Small number of signed, limited run hardcopies available – dlordan@hotmail.com Audiobook at xmas For permissions e-mail dlordan@hotmail.com

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Creativity Update #poetry #memoir #drama #documentary #song

Medium, my collection published by Frontline Press over the summer, has sold out its print run, aside from a couple of dozen held back for readings. Thanks everybody who bought it! E-book up this week. An audio version coming soon. In the meantime check-out my many audiobooks here: https://davelordan.bandcamp.com Frontline Press’s next project will be […]

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CHARITY NO MORE? THE PREDICAMENT OF SAINT ANTHONY FLYNN #Anthonyflynn

Over the years I have done hundreds of free gigs for left-wing orgs, homeless charities including serial rapist Anthony Flynn’s ICHH, campaign groups, squats, occupations etc, and roped dozens of other poets into doing same. I’ve done free gigs for trots, tankies, anarchists, republicans, ecosocialists. The whole lot, because I support the working class left […]

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SAVE YOUR TEARS FOR TMROS ATROCITIES INSTEAD #9eleven #September11

20 years after September 11th, it is becoming clearer than ever that the attacks were a huge strategic success for Al-Qaeda. They spectacularly accelerated both the decline of America power in the wide-world, and the political polarisation within the US itself. Two decades of bloody defeats in Iraq & Afghanistan has shown the world that […]

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THE RUBBERNECKERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD #WallyTheWalrus #westcork #climatecatastrophe

The Arctic dissolves, quicker and quicker, in the human heatwave, hotter and hotter. This is a catastrophe for Arctic animals before it is one for humans, the last of the animals, the most animal animal of them all. As a result, an Arctic walrus, hu-named Wally, loses its bearings, and turns up in West Cork, […]

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THE MOVING STATUES AND THE MIRACLE OF THE CHIP VAN #virginmary #feastoftheassumption

If there’s one thing miracles are good for, it’s business. Without miracles, the likes of Knock, Fatima, & Lourdes would be run-down small towns at best. Perhaps they would have disappeared altogether, as many similiar little places have over the centuries – when they had no miracles to keep them going. Instead, they are popular […]

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WITH FFG IN FOR THE LONG HAUL, WHAT NOW FOR THE LEFT?

Last week the Irish Government, through the office of the Attorney General, changed the law retrospectively in order to get its second-in-command, already under criminal investigation for corruption, off the hook. Whatever moral authority FFG had left has now vanished. We are clearly ruled by criminals and criminal accomplices. But their political control of the […]

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Convergence Centre Genoa. Friday 21 July 2001 #CarloGiuliani #genoa2001 #acab

( In memory of Carlo Giuliani, murdered by paramilitary police on speed) #CarloGiuliani #genoa2001 #acab A hundred yards behind usthe Mediterranean heaves its wasteagainst a limestone barricade.Condoms, nappies, bottle tops,diesel cans and tamponsrising to mock our gas stung eyeslike the unlearned lessons of past mistakes. Rumours sicken our panic,spreading through the campas fast as microbesthrough […]

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Fathers

FATHERS.Human families come in many varieties, not only in the here & now, but over the millennia too. The idea of a ‘Father’ has not always been with us, & what it is and does when it is around was and is various.Some anthropologists think – & it makes sense to me – that for […]

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DA, THE MELODEON #FathersDay

DA, THE MELODEON for Joe Lordan Of quavers and keys Da haven’t a notion But still an’all he plays the melodeon. He can white-puddin the moon Beamish the ocean Fry seventeen eggs and play the melodeon. Ignorin gales and floods and coastal erosion He climbs up Saint Fin Barre’s and plays the melodeon. He hammers […]

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Karl and Dave Go To Hell

KARL & DAVE GO TO HELL A new podcast on a mutual love of ours, William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell. Part of a larger work, The Marriage of Heaven & Hell, The Proverbs emerged between 1790 & 93 as part of Blake’s intense theological and political engagement with the French Revolution, which greatly inspired him. […]

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How to deal with bein stoned #resilience

“Lordan moves Irish poetry forward, looking at modern realities rather than the Platonic ideals many poets are still relying on. His poems are built using startling images, expert restraint and energetic lines. They wake you up, shake you, insist you pay attention.” Southword MEDIUM, my new collection, out in a few weeks, free audio/e-book. Order […]

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Class and Precarity in a New World Order: Writers and Artists Respond – CALL FOR PAPERS

deadline for submissions: September 30, 2021full name / name of organization: Dave Lordan & Michael O Sullivan email: osullivan@cuhk.edu.hk   What can a book on class & precarity written by artists and researchers achieve today? What actual or immanent overlaps & solidarities are there between ‘artists’ & the ‘precariat’? between part-time academics and the ‘precariat’? […]

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LOCKDOWN ANIMALS #downfall #darkage

“Lordan moves Irish poetry forward, looking at modern realities rather than the Platonic ideals many poets are still relying on. His poems are built using startling images, expert restraint and energetic lines. They wake you up, shake you, insist you pay attention.” Southword MEDIUM, my new collection, out in a few weeks, free audio/e-book. Order […]

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HAPPY #Pride2021

Happy #pride month to all my friends & acquaintances in the LGBTQIA+ communities. I remember the 80s, when it was still a crime to be anything but straight-married with children. Straight-only Ireland was a deeply sick Ireland – the Ireland in which dumping babies in sewers was perfectly respectable, but holding hands with your true […]

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MARTIN/A CUMMINS APPEARS TO THE VIRGIN MARY. #trans #unique #truestory #selfborn #westcork #virginmary

This is how it starts: Assumption afternoon in eighty-six,  Martin A Cummins clacking high-heel homeward  towards that Inchadoney Crib they’ve slathered indoors black, exterior mauve,  in imitation of a rumour about Prince.  The sea in retreat behind the Island filling in the oncoming distance; its searing ridge,  its grassy, sparkling, quartzy flank, stone-wall-stitched and scarred by ditch… […]

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AN ARTIST”S PLEDGE TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL #boycottapartheid #palestinianlivesmatter

(I was asked by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign to write a call out to help launch their anti-apartheid Boycott Campaign back in 2010, reprinted here) I am proud to be among the many Irish and Ireland-based artists from across creative disciplines who have chosen to publicly support the growing campaign of boycott against apartheid Israel. […]

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THE SHAMAN OF CHARLESLAND #DMT #Construction #drugs #work #splitpersonality #God #aliens #hipsterbullshit

THE SHAMAN OF CHARLESLAND The Shaman of Charlesland is about a guy who takes DMT in the evenings, & builds houses in the mornings. It explores the radical disjunction between the world we live in, & the one we wish we lived in. It’s from my forthcoming book MEDIUM, which will be available free on […]

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PARTITION – THE WOUND THAT NEVER STOPS BLEEDING #orangestate #partition #NI100 #Sectarianism

Today elites North and South of the border are gearing up to celebrate the centenary of partition, and expecting the rest of us to go along with it, or at least shut-up about what partition really means. Here, in the Manchester Guardian of 1921, is a succinct account of what we are asked to clap […]

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MUHAMMED ALI & SHANNON WARPORT

55 years this week since Ali refused the Vietnam draft. He did so knowing he faced the ruination of his career & the possibility of a long jail sentence. He recieved a four year suspension at the height of his physical prime, sacrificing much glory & untold millions to show solidarity with people whose names […]

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