Carcinogenic Poetry Recap No. 4


blank vault
to an abyss reduced

my shadow my shadow
cast upon bare white walls

brail of death
of an insurmountable blindness

filth of corrupt night endless
storm of the unflexed hand that quivers
beneath the weight of the dark

churning the pale pulse laughter of where
the ripe blood has flown

stripped bare the sunken flesh
the nakedness of the wind

talon of existence the wings of the vulture
to engulf breath

death rattles the grieving air cannot
be exhaled

absence of sound
an absence of tears

falsetto of shattered flesh




hollow laughter

infinity of black


an opiated kiss

inverted sky

scarlet sands


the finite light adrift

trace of an absence unknowable



Michael McAloran was Belfast born, his family moved to the south of Ireland due to ‘The Troubles’. He has been writing for almost a decade, but has only recently begun to submit. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in the following: Poetry Monthly International, The Delinquent, The Recusant, Lines Written w/a Razor, Counterexample Poetics, Full Of Crow, Gloom Cupboard, Writing Raw, Eviscerator Heaven, Clockwise Cat, The Plebian Rag, Why Vandalism?, and BlazeVOX.

Originally published at Carcinogenic Poetry on December 8, 2009. 



Poems for the Season: The Death-Streaked Air by Michael McAloran

Virgogray Press is proud to release a new collection of poetry by the dark knight himself, Irish poet and artist phenom, Michael McAloran. This new work brings together another tome of McAloran’s own brand of the dark night of the soul repudiated throughout 34 pages of gritty, succinct poetry that spirals into the depths of death, social and personal distortions and vivid portraits of obscurity. “Cold Colours,” one of the opening poems in the book, is a perfect example of this:

Shadowy nocturne 
skull split open 
garlands upon the tongue
excrement in the veins exposed 
blood shadow
the skin stretched taut 
rolls the emptiness of 
unspeakable sound 
my existence in a vice of 
cold colours
in the night

 In a world where the want of dark and gloomy poetry has become hackneyed, campy and mundane, Michael McAloran offers something with a genuine brilliance (as scary as that thought might be to the sensitive and empathic reader) that is worth the inclusion to the Virgogray library.  Indeed, if you haven’t read any works by this prolific writer and painter, you will see his many volumes spun out by publishers like Calliope Nerve, Erbacce Press and a myriad of internet and print publications. We are not the first to stumble upon the quill of Michael McAloran, nor are we likely to be the last. We do, however, think this a fitting collection to new readers of McAloran’s work that comes together in a quaint and lurid package, wrapped with an original painting by the poet himself. 34 pages. $7.

VGP National Poetry Month Anthology

VGP Chapbook Anthology: National Poetry Month 2010 Edition

Virgogray is proud to announce the release of its newest chapbook anthology, The National Poetry Month 2010 edition! Several poems have been compiled by poets and writers the world over to bring a fine anthology celebrating National Poetry. Once a year we are given a month to revel in the written word and we’re releasing this anthology as a commemoration of that revelry. The National Poetry Month VGP chapbook anthology contains several fine contributions to the written word from poets, including: Michael McAloran, Kyle Ferguson, Paul Bralower, Dr. Ehud Sela, Christa Pandey, Anna Coakley, Brian K. Ladd, D.L. Rose, Saroj Gartaula, Felino Sorriano, J.J. Steinfeld, Kevin Reid, Kristina England, David S. Pointer, and Glenn D’Alessio. A wonderful addition to the Virgogray library, Virgogray has not released a finer gathering of voices yet, so get your copy today!