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:
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 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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