In the week leading up to Valentine's Day, we'll be publishing a poem a day that takes a less saccharine approach to the subject of love.

For many, Valentine's Day sits at odds with the realities of love and its various expressions. It is rife with cliché and platitude, and the poetry that accompanies it often suffers from the same affliction. That's why this year, instead of ignoring it altogether, we're attempting to redress the balance with a collection of poems that look at the subject of love from a more sincere and candid point of view.

Over the next seven days we'll be publishing a poem a day on our online journal, the first of which has been posted up today in the form of Miriam Johnson's peculiar piece entitled Striptease. Pop in every day to read the next piece in the series or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to receive them straight into your feed.