Joseph Robert’s latest poem, Memorising The Big Bad, is out in Dead Snakes this week. Call me biased, but there aren’t many poets whose work ‘goes there’ like Joseph’s does! Can you put a full-stop on cynicism? Not in my humble opinion, since I reckon cynicism is honesty and honesty has no boundaries. You go there and you keep on going! Dead Snakes is an online poetry journal well worth a read. The poets deal with honest subject matter, rather than playing it safe with topics that won’t question and won’t explore. Why does honesty make some people feel uncomfortable? Here’s my interpretation:

There’s cynicism and there’s bigotry. Bigotry=denial. Cynicism=truth. Hard truths=hard facts to face. Don’t want to face facts?=denial. Denial= prejudice. Prejudice=limited world view. Limited world view=life is not life. Life is merely ‘existence’!

Interpretation over, no more digressing! Apart from Joseph’s poetry, my other favourite poets on Dead Snakes are Donal Mahoney, Alan Catlin and Jeremiah Walton. 🙂


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. 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. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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