Joseph Robert’s latest poem, Memorising The Big Bad, is out in Dead Snakes this week. Call me biased, but there aren’t many poets whose work ‘goes there’ like Joseph’s does! Can you put a full-stop on cynicism? Not in my humble opinion, since I reckon cynicism is honesty and honesty has no boundaries. You go there and you keep on going! Dead Snakes is an online poetry journal well worth a read. The poets deal with honest subject matter, rather than playing it safe with topics that won’t question and won’t explore. Why does honesty make some people feel uncomfortable? Here’s my interpretation:

There’s cynicism and there’s bigotry. Bigotry=denial. Cynicism=truth. Hard truths=hard facts to face. Don’t want to face facts?=denial. Denial= prejudice. Prejudice=limited world view. Limited world view=life is not life. Life is merely ‘existence’!

Interpretation over, no more digressing! Apart from Joseph’s poetry, my other favourite poets on Dead Snakes are Donal Mahoney, Alan Catlin and Jeremiah Walton. 🙂

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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