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glue Wayne Dean-Richards' glue is the latest in our series from his collection it's a mad world but funny

glue

Wayne Dean-Richards' glue is the latest in our series from his collection it's a mad world but funny

by Wayne Dean-Richards,
first published: November, 2023

approximate reading time: minutes

'glue' is from the forthcoming It's a Mad World But Funny... Wayne Dean-Richards collection, which will be available from our new online shop in November

Wayne Dean-Richards has shared 18 poems for us to publish during 2023. The collection is called It's a Mad World, But Funny. Eventually there will be a free, downloadable PDF of all the poems and a planned A6 compendium too. (Links to all of the poems way down the page.)

"there must be lulls of DOING NOTHING OR YOU DIE"
Charles Bukowski - letter to Sheri Martinelli: September 1961


glue

I’ve sat in the bath for an hour
staring at steam
watching it dance
talking to it sometimes
then listening to what it has to say.

the kids are gone,
and the house
stinks of being empty.

fungal growths, impotence, and death
snigger in corners.

I could hunt them down
and take them on -

but no.

and though the cold is electric against my skin,
and from outside I hear a starling
do an impression of a police siren

I push away
worries of being fat and unloved
and sit staring at nothing.

© Wayne Dean-Richards


Essential Info
The 18 poems comprising Wayne Dean-Richards' IT'S A MAD WORLD BUT FUNNY series are listed below.  Outsideleft will be publishing them all throughout 2023. A free downloadable PDF and a limited edition A6 Outsideleft Booklet (for neither profit or loss) of these poems will be available at the end. But not till the end. I think that means November, now.


Wayne Dean-Richards

Wayne Dean-Richards works with short stories and the novel. His work has been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. Some of that work can be found in his collection Cuts, available here


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