Recently, poet Mickey Morgan, was kind enough to read one of my previously published poems, Idle, which you can listen to here.


Idle, was first published in Sarasvati magazine Issue 17 in summer 2011. It’s one of a selection that will be appearing alongside my themed poems in my forthcoming collection, A Model Archaeologist, by Eyewear Publishing.

It’s always interesting to hear your own work read by another person.
When I write a poem, I hear it in a certain way in my mind. Idle was one of my more frivolous batch, and indeed when I read it aloud, I tend to adopt a playful, almost puerile manner to convey the obstinate tone of the poem. But Mickey’s reading gives it a more serious, sinister edge, which gives it a different dynamic altogether. Gotta say,  I love it! What a new angle on my own piece. Check out more of Mickey Morgan’s poetry at her writing blog.

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:

4 responses »

  1. mickeypamo says:

    *Now this is above and beyond all blessings I’ve received for decades. Wow. What a precious gift. And I was going to write you and apologize for borrowing your dress without asking!. Haven’t read your earlier e-mail .. . kinda out for a bit, but slow ly re-birthing. I copied two links to send you yesterday, but maybe you can now get onto WordsofaWan . .. And my gosh you put a link to it on your site and you have thousands more followers than me! . . . well that’s secondary.* *I want to send you a “signature” 3-pg long prose poem via audio, along with the link to the visual words on the blog. It came to me out of nowhere in a desperate time that blasted me into a visionary state, and out it came in 1990, and she will not let me change her in any way! I know you’ll get it. It is in the same Twilight Language as is “Idle”.* *And I am pondering and will further contemplate what you wrote as to your initial intentions for “Idle” and my subsequent redressing of it . . . letting the energy run through me and come out as it did as it encountered my life essence . . . yes, sinister . . . sinister times for me now.* *So, I’ll get back soon . .. gotta gear up to visit my darling stepsister dying of cancer about 3 miles from here . . . at 3pmEST. You are somethin’ else!* *peace, gratitude,* *mickey*

    mickey morgan Cincinnati, OH 45206

    • I love your reading of it, Mickey! And what fascinates me is how subjective poetry is and how the tone & feel can be interpreted in different ways. You’re right that Idle works well in a frivolous light, or a darker mood. I look forward to reading more of your work too and I’m flattered that you liked my poem enough to read it – thanks 🙂

  2. mickeypamo says:

    * * *Hope you can hear the attached mp3 made for a friend, Victor, of the above verbal conglomeration . .. if not, I’d like to redo it on Vocaroo to get an http: (they only hold on to your link for a few weeks, so if you want to save anything you record, click “download as mp3* *The link to your blog is properly situated at the top of my other links . . . reminds me of our balanced see-saw giving and receiving.* *May I suggest listening while reading the work?* *in praise of word hoards, wishing you symphonies of epiphanies,* *mickey* *p.s. you may be interested to know that I wrote this after the abrupt departure of a man named Douglas . . . Dou Glass . . . black glass? black stream?*

    mickey morgan Cincinnati, OH 45206

    • I’ll have a read/listen and let you know my thoughts 🙂 Always great to keep spreading the reach of poetry into the far corners of this world… and maximising publicity for the poets too 😉

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