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 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: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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