The Darkness of His Dreams by John W. Leys


Reviewed by Candice Louisa Daquin

I have consistently admired John Leys as a writer for several reasons. He’s very honest to himself. He’s not an overtly crude writer, and he is true to himself and very passionate about his beliefs.

In his latest collection of poetry published by Broken Wing Publishing, in the poem the book is titled from, Leys writes; “They all want a hero /Not an uncommon want, it seems/ But in whom does a hero confide/ The true darkness of his dreams?”

It is this early poem that speaks loudest of Leys intention with this poetry collection. He’s expressing how difficult it is to meet expectations and irrespective, whom do you tell of your real feelings?

This struck me perhaps more deeply than anything Leys has thus written, for its brute honesty and how relatable this is. How often we try to be heroes of one form or another, going through life with positive affirmations, and never telling a soul of our true thoughts, and sometimes, how dark in comparison they are.

After much consideration, self-doubt, and procrastination, I have decided to set up a Patreon page to help support my writing and poetry. While I enjoy freely sharing poetry and other content on this blog (And, to be clear, I will continue to do so), being able to generate a steady income from my work, aside from the books I plan to publish, would allow me to work less (or ideally not at all) at a “day job” and concentrate solely on my writing projects.