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Gluetraps and Spiders’ Webs


I stare at the kitchen sink,

reach for a chopping knife.

At least I try to grab it, but

my right hand is a rabid tongue.

I lose my footing, fall


into last week. The meaning

of life is circles. No,

the meaning is a clenched fist.


Inside yesterday, only a trap-door.

I want to find out what’s down there,

to stumble, know I won’t break.



© Michael Loveday

Picture 10046352, engraving by J Pass after Ihle, 1795, image copyright Mary Evans



Michael Loveday’s debut book Three Men on the Edge is due from V. Press in summer 2018, and his poems have appeared in publications such as The Spectator, Ambit, The Morning Star, The Rialto, Under the Radar, and Stand.  He is a book reviewer for Magma magazine, and he runs a blog about poetry, prose poetry and flash fiction at Further details about his poetry and fiction can be found at He lives in Bath, UK.