In one of my recent Creative Writing workshops for young people, I decided to read one of my poems from a batch of four that were published in Issue 17 of Sarasvati Magazine three years ago. It’s often hard to find poetry that will engage youngsters as they tend to think of poetry as old fashioned, and boys tend to avoid it thinking it ‘sissy-ish’. Luckily for youngsters, performance poetry is making it seem ‘cool’ again.
For my latest session, I chose to read my poem ‘Glass Vision’ for its use of metaphors. The students enjoyed the vocabulary exercise – I gave them a copy of the poem with certain words blanked out and had them listen to the poem as published to fill in the gaps using synonyms for the original words. Most of them could relate to the poem in some way – since it was about the breakdown of a relationship, nearly all admitted they’d lost a best friend at some point in their lives. Bless!
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About Leilanie Stewart
Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. 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 literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books.
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