Share16Old Roads, New Stories: A Literary SeriesBecause October is now an avalanche of Halloween stuff, and because love has never been a simple story: https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2019/oct/Carney-Spiders.mp3Why We Have SpidersNobody wanted the spider, and yet it appeared: a shockin the corner, a whisper on your armthen a jumpback revulsion.It had come to teach us the secrets of fishing, stringing netstogether over hours, stringing hunger togetherwith patience, every thread, all of them connected.And it taught about love: arriving or leaving,going any one of eight directions.Like the spider, it has four hands to reach out,but also feet, just as many, to walk away. Rob Carney’s new book The Book of Sharks is available now from Black Lawrence Press. Previous books include 88 Maps, Story Problems, and Weather Report. Read poetry by Rob Carney appearing in Terrain.org: 6th Annual Contest Finalist, 4th Annual Contest Winner, and Issue 30. And listen to a new radio interview with Rob Carney, and here’s an older radio interview.Header photo by Kit Leong, courtesy Shutterstock.