Michael Loveday /The Small Print/

The Small Print

(Found poem)

Very slow heart rhythm (heart block), cold hands and feet, worsening of Raynaud’s disease (where your fingers turn white) and intermittent claudication (leg cramps which develop on walking), changes in the fat content of the blood, high or low blood glucose, blood disorders (with a tendency to bleed or bruise easily or sore throat and mouth ulcers), tiredness, dizzy spells, depression, anxiety, nervousness, confusion, mental disturbance, hallucinations, sleep problems, “pins and needles”, numbness of the extremities, weakness of the muscles, muscle cramps, painful joints, headache, dry mouth, feeling sick, being sick, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach cramps, fever, itching, scaly rash, worsening of psoriasis, blurred vision, sore eyes or conjunctivitis, impotence, Peyronie’s disease (a condition in men affecting the penis), and (rarely) temporary thinning of the hair.


Michael Loveday’s debut poetry pamphlet “He Said / She Said” was published by HappenStance Press (2011). The text for this prose poem is taken from a list of side-effects in a leaflet for a medication treating high-blood pressure.

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