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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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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES – poetry sampler #PoetryDayIrl

6 poem sampler from the forthcoming collection Medium, available soon in audio/e-book/print formats dlordan@hotmail.com to interview me or book a reading Praise for previous books: ‘Compelling & overwhelmingly brilliant – A masterpiece’ Thomas McCarthy, Aosdana ‘There are some of his poems I love to sing’ Christy Moore The most original, incendiary and impassioned voice writing […]

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NOTES ON THE LITERATURE OF HOMELESSNESS – TIME FOR THE BARDS TO RETURN TO THE BATTLEFIELD  #NationalPoetryMonth #PoemsforHomes #HomesForAll #HousingCrisis #Homelessness

“Before you enter the city of Skibbereen, the tall new Poorhouse presents itself to the eye of the traveller; of the common model, being a bastard-Gothic edifice, with a profusion of cottage-ornée (is cottage masculine or feminine in French?)—of cottage-orné roofs, and pinnacles, and insolent-looking stacks of chimneys. It is built for 900 people, but […]

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Cannabis. My 4/20 Manifesto!

I am for immediate legalisation & for a combination of nationalised & grant aided small-scale private & local producers, to ramp up cannabis production in Ireland, making prority use of marginal land in depressed rural areas. This will keep families on the land in vital areas for the conservation of our rural heritage, & provide […]

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THE MAN WITH NO MASK #antifascist

When, following the big win- the real biggie-uncountable zeros after his name-he stands his friends an endless reservoir of stoutand decrees every churcha twenty-four-hour shebeen abolishes retching and reflux and coughsplugs the ancient flow of anal bleedingdecrees the removal of sleep from the brain and promises the people that noneneed ever stop drinking and smoking […]

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RENOVATIONS IN HELL. #princephillip #tw

The arrival of Philip in Hell triggered some troubling reflections on the part of the real Prince on the increasingly urgent matters of categorization & accommodation in his majestic domain. Charlemagne had already said Philip was not welcome in the section reserved for European royalty & their associated bad bastards. ‘No-one can stand the cnut […]

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THE UPRIGHT FISH

It happened as of a sudden that The Fish got totally fed up of the horizontal plane & decided trying out being An Upright Fish for a while. & if you saw The Upright Fish as it funnelled itself up from the utterdark of the lower depths through ever brightening ultramarine towards the open air […]

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THE RISING OF THE BARDS

Out of the seven signatories to The Proclamation, five were Bardic artists. Pearse, Mcdonogh, Plunkett were poets of the bookish sort, Connolly wrote performance poems & ballads, Ceannt was a renowned on the Uillean Pipes – an instrument of poetic miltancy if ever there were one. It is no wonder then that The Proclamation is […]

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RETURN OR RESURRECTION?

Return is the demonic opposite of resurrection. Whereas resurrection transforms, return repeats. Not once or twice, but indefinitely in a process which demeans existence – first as tragedy, second as farce, thereafter over & over as farcical tragedy. Human existence, as lived by humans in our day, is a succession of phenomenon we have already […]

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THE HARROWING OF HELL – why Panti Bliss is going to Heaven, & David Quinn is not.

WHAT happened to Christ on Holy Saturday as he lay dead between The Crucifixion & The Resurrection is known as The Harrowing of Hell. Christ descends into Hell, where all dead pre-christian humans since the beginning of time have been stored, to divide them into the damned and the saved and lead the Righteous in […]

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BOLLOCKSONARO AKA THE PAYTRIOT AKA THE RUBBER GOON AKA KETMAN21. #worldantiracismday

Finished wankin.Out of everythin.Tossin & turnin& goofin on the Ket. Let’s go find a targeton the internet. Me ex detests me.Me kids won’t see me.Friends with no-one,& everyone wants me bet. Let’s go spray me brainshiton the internet. I do me own research.Click click click til I find what hurts,launch it on me profilelike a […]

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