the poems range from prose poems
to translations and lyrics, they are all connected by a percipient ear
and a socio-linguistic fascination...There is a love of language here,
tittle-tattle overheard, childish speech in ‘Big Mike’ with its endless
conjunctives and adjuncts, to the morology of old age (“get me that
drink of cabbage”) and the Augustan tones of the closing, masterly
rendering of Virgil’s Aeneid.... There is an elegiac thread
running through the collection and a poignancy when the speaker recalls
how his own lingua franca has been enriched with words borrowed from
other cultures...These poems fizz and sparkle with life." (Richie
McCaffery, Sphinx, December 2011)
"He Said / She Saidby
Michael Loveday... mixes formal inventiveness with lyricism. Exploring
love and loss, this HappenStance pamphlet moves from concrete poetry to
prose poems via more traditional lyric forms and features a strong
recognition of the limits of language... As a Polish / English
relationship develops words from one language seed into another, but the
conversation remains in the gaps; what is heard is not what is said and
love and estrangement mingle poignantly." (Jan Fortune, Envoi magazine,
issue 167, June 2014)
Poem in The Spectator, 'The Isle of the Living'
Two poems in South Bank Poetry, 'Deflated' and 'The Gloom-Bird's Hated Screech'
Short-short story in Litro (online), 'What Music Taught Me'
Short-short story in The Frogmore Papers, 'A Sickly Shade of Sunrise'
July - Short-short story in Word Riot, 'Gluckschmerz'
July - Two prose poems in Under the Radar, 'Cups' and 'The Secret Language of Birds'
June - Short-short story in National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2017, 'Let Them Know Me By My Teeth'
June - Prose poem in Strange Poetry, 'The Small Print'
May - Short story in The Forge Literary Magazine, 'Chewing Glass'
April - Poem shortlisted in A3 Review's 'Woods & Forests' Competition
March - Short story shortlisted in Fish Publishing 2016 / 2017 Short Story Contest (withdrawn for publication), 'Chewing Glass'
March - Short-short story in Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief anthology (Chester University Press), 'Kryptonite'
March - Short-short story in Spelk (online), 'Solitary Man, Or How He Tries to Save Himself, at 4:59 p.m. on Sunday the 13th May, with the Words of the Brooklyn Cowboy, Neil Diamond'
March - Poem in Nutshells and Nuggets (online), 'xi. Batchworth Lake, November'
March - Short-short story and prose poem in KYSO Flash, 'Knife' and 'Click'
February - Prose poem in Ink, Sweat & Tears (online), 'PG Certificate'
January - Short-short story in All the Sins, 'Good Neighbours Make Good Fences'
January - Prose poem in Strange Poetry, 'Some Basic Principles of Escapology'
November - Short-short story in Flash Frontier, 'The Other Denholm'
November - Poem in Obsessed with Pipework, 'Checkout'
November - Prose poem in Orbis - 'Denholm Is Relying on Several Handsets for Incoming Calls, Each With A Different Telephone Line'
November - Short-short story in Cease, Cows, 'The Second Shed'
November - Short-short story in Jellyfish Review, 'Prognosis'
November - Poem as 'Poem of the Month' poster at the Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, Enfield - 'Circle As Appropriate'
October - Poem in Snakeskin, 'Hands in the Air'
October - Poem in South, 'Magician'
September - Poem in The Poet's Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt And Wonder anthology (Eyewear Publishing) - 'Sanctus'.
September - Short-short story in Spelk (online), 'Dear Mr. Snaresbrook'
September - Runner-up in the 2016 Ambit Magazine Fiction Competition
August - Two poems in Snakeskin (online), 'Your New Best Friend', 'Poem on the Underground'
July - Short-short story in Cake, 'The Wall'
June - Prose poem in Envoi, 'v. The Chess, May'
June - Two prose poems in POEM, 'viii. Batchworth Lake, August' & 'xii. Stockers Lock, December'
May - Short-short story in Spelk (online), 'But the Devil Loves the Thing Known and Unspoken'
April - Two short-short stories in Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine (issue 9.1), 'The Hardware Technician' & 'Shopping'
March - Four short-short stories in Sonder (online), 'The Drawing', 'Russian Dolls', 'Tag' and 'At the Border'
March - Short-short story in 101-Words.Org (online), 'Not Quite Yet'
January - Poem in the Morning Star (online), 'Fuzz'
December - Poem in Prole (issue 18) - 'For the Caviar'
November - Essay in Writing in Education (issue 67) - 'Where I'm Calling From: Creative Writing by Conference Call'
October - Three short-short stories in Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine (issue 8.2) - 'Town Ditch', 'Silk Shirt', 'Seedpods'
April - Two short-short stories in Flash: The International
Short-Short Story Magazine (issue 8.1) - 'Vixen' and 'Gorgeous'
July - Prose poem in The Rialto (issue 83) - 'Milk
March - Poem in Ink, Sweat & Tears (online, 27th March) - 'wintering'
Two poems in Ariadne's Thread (issue 12) - 'catch' and 'Silence'
Poem in Brittle Star (issue 34) - 'Walls'
Short-short story in Stand (issue Vol 12(3)) - 'Alarm'
Short-short story in Smoke: A London Peculiar (online) - 'Community Manifesto'
Poem in Ripple (Vol.1, no.8) - 'The Race'
Poem in Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam anthology (Cinnamon Press) - 'Fool's Errand'
Poem in Lyrical Beats anthology (Rhythm & Muse) - 'Grandmother'
Poem in Smiths Knoll (issue 48) - 'Gherkin'
Two poems in Eyewear (online) - 'Fool's Errand' and 'Doubting Thomas'
Short story in Sister (issue 1) - 'Call'
Poem in Other Poetry (Series 4, no.2) - 'The Other'
Poem in Obsessed with Pipework (issue 50) - 'Visiting Hours'
Poem in The Shop (summer issue) - 'Poems'
Two poems in Ripple (Vol.1, no.6) - 'Lately' & 'Going Back'
Poem in Seam (issue 30) - 'Exile'
Poem in Assent (issue 63/2) - 'Metamorphosis of Narcissus'
Poem in Stand (Vol.8 (4)) - 'Homecoming'
Poem in Smiths Knoll (issue 43) - 'Big Mike'
Poem in Ambit (issue 191) - 'Icarus'
Two poems in Envoi (issue 141) - 'The Grand Union Canal' & 'Final Stretch'
Poem in Acumen (issue 58) - 'Theatre Company'
Poem in Tears in the Fence (issue 44) - 'Lines in Step'
Poem in Orbis (issue 139) - 'It was a Momentary Lapse'
Poem in The Frogmore Papers (issue 68) - 'Topographer'
Poem in Iota (issue 74) - 'Song'
Poem in Pennine Platform (issue 58) - 'Parting'
Poem in Iota (issue 72) - 'Dining Off Teaspoons'
Poem in The Interpreter's House (issue 27) - 'Suits'