The Poem of the Week is 'Scared of Spiders' by KJ Walker

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This weeks Poem of the Week is 'Scared of Spiders' by KJ Walker a beautifully rhythmic reminder that although he can 'cracks walnuts with his eyelids' and has 'got muscles in places I ain’t got places' there is still something small and innocuous that can make his blood curdle.

Those little eight legged friends of ours are able to elicit screams like no other creature and KJ's poem is an ode to both the terror we feel and t...

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