shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Gareth lives in Wales. He had his first collection published, The Miner, by FutureCycle in 2018. He has been published in various places across the UK and USA. His two dogs, Jasper and Lana, help redraft his poems.

Gareth Culshaw

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Between Words

In winter shade grows on all
the books. Dust of summer,
grated from the sun. It falls

down into the pages but only
I know it's there, as I rub it
with my fingertips.

Each book I take off the shelf,
let it fall into my hand, feel
the spine, murmur the title.

The chapters fill my eyes, race
between the segments of my
brain. I glance outside,

and people look back at me.
Their eyes visit my body,
knowing I'm naked in my sleep.