Poems, poems poems… a busy week! My fiction has been taking a bit of a back seat lately with all my poetry publications. My latest batch of featured poems appear this week in The Sound of Poetry Review.

Are poems really any easier to write than fiction? Many writers I speak to say, yes. As for me, I suppose I’d say not especially so. Whenever inspiration strikes, I usually have to mull the idea over for a while before a poem or short story materialises fully formed on paper. For a poem, it takes a few minutes for me to jot it down and for a story, depending on the length, anything up to an hour. I rarely edit my poetry. No line changes, no vocab changes, no rewriting of any stanzas. Maybe I’m weird like that, but it comes together in my head as a complete piece before I even write it down. On the other hand, my stories tend to go through one or two drafts before I’m happy with them. Every writer has their own style, of course. But what I like most is being able to whip out a notebook on the train and write a poem on the go, or a quick bit of micro-fiction. A flash in the pan equals two poems in the hand… or something like that!

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 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: 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 lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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