This morning while I was on the train making my way to my day job I was reading Issue 4 of Tuba magazine, published by Inert Enigma press. I got a couple of free back issues at the Free Verse Fair in September but between working on my latest novel draft, editing my final manuscript for A Model Archaeologist and reading copious amounts of horror from the library, I hadn’t got round to doing a write-up sooner.

Tuba is perfect for a mid-range commute. The poems are short and quirky enough to keep one awake before the daily caffeine ritual begins. It was also good to be reading non-conformist poetry, deviating from the normal bookshop types. As one who enjoys idiosyncratic verse, my favourites were ‘Nonsense poem no. 3’ about ‘Mangels’ and ‘Wurzels’ by Lady June and a centre page spread entitled ‘Page for Proboscids’ which included 3 affectionate poems on flies. The only thing missing here was a poem told from the POV of a fly itself or some other such pathetic fallacy. Quick and quirky, Tuba magazine is a fun surreal read.

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. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

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