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:

The Proletarian Poet part 1 by Leilanie Stewart.jpeg

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

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