Poetry, writing, art. Is one any better than the other at expressing a concept? Some things might make a great visual impression, but would seem mundane or even boring if described. The trivial details of the daily grind, for example, that aren’t worth working into a poem might be great fodder for a sketch. With that in mind, here is a tongue-in-cheek vignette that I chose to show, rather than tell:

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This I did when I had 15 minutes to spare in between reading books for review (I had a poetry pamphlet arrive in the post and have been sent an ebook novel for write-ups) editing poetry for Ashvamegh’s next issue, editing the final draft of my second novel (the first is still looking for a ‘traditional’ home) and awaiting news from my publisher about the proof copy of my poetry collection (my editor just approved the final manuscript, exciting times!). I would have added colour, or at least a bit of shading but this is what you get – bare bones. Maybe simple gets to the essence of it better anyway. Enjoy 🌞

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: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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