Realms of Man by Joseph Robert / Metamorphosis of Woman by Leilanie Stewart – available in one reversible poetry collection from www.meandibooks.bigcartel.com

Me, myself and I… and the other.

Stale-Mate

(page 6 – Metamorphosis of Woman by Leilanie Stewart)

You were playing chess with my soul

I saw you eat the pieces

As you went along

I watched the black and white squares

Slide into the abhorrent depths

Of my subconscious

*

You took my knight, but it’s okay;

I have another

I’ll have my revenge

I’ll stamp those L-shaped patterns

All over your sadistic mind

I can see that it’s going this way

So I’ll finish it off-

I didn’t checkmate your wicked heart,

That happened long ago

And anyway, it’s too cliché

*

My pawn’s at the other side now

Wait until my Queen brings forth

A whole new reign of terror

On your brutal, tyrannical ass.

In Pagination

(page 2 – Realms of Man by Joseph Robert)

Pile up enough lies,

And they pay you.

*

Pay the stonemason,

And he’ll chisel what have you.

*

Forget that dame,

And you’ll live yet the while.

*

Black-lipped from guzzling newsprint,

And piping hot toner.

*

Wide-margined, double-spaced,

And big-fonted fool!

*

You cheat no one of a tree,

But the forest.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published four poetry collections: Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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  1. […] Metamorphosis of Woman/ Realms of Man is written by husband and wife Joseph Robert and Leilanie Stewart. The pamphlet is quirky, experimental and full of personality, and the reader is prepared for this by the chapbook’s reversible format:  on one side sits Stewart’s Metamorphosis of Woman; on the other is Robert’s Realms of Man. In the middle you will find the poets’ biographies, which are charmingly vague and self-irreverent, accompanied by photographs of inanimate objects (clothes for Stewart, a screwed-up piece of paper and monochrome squares for Robert). […]

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