Jay Sizemore is a poet you’ve never heard of because most people don’t read poetry. He doesn’t take himself so seriously to assume this matters to anyone except to a few other poets, who also don’t matter to most people, because let’s face it, if it’s not a meme on Instagram nobody cares.
Once upon a time, Jay Sizemore wrote some poems that made people very angry with him. He has since just tried to move on with his life and write work that isn’t so provocative, as his experiments with provocation proved ultimately pointless.
He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
I grew up in Kentucky, where the trees are tall as gods. My grandparents took me to a small, one-room church, where people loved to slap the Bible, shout Amen, and cry, pushing their children into the center of the room so they could learn to pray until they mistook dizziness for salvation. These experiences shaped a lot of my childhood and mental development. We moved around a lot growing up, and I learned to never get comfortable knowing people. I love simple things, like food, beer, and the company of longterm companions, taking road trips, discovering new things about myself. When I was twelve years old, my mother introduced me to Stephen King, and well, I haven’t been the same since. From a young age, I devoured horror novels and watched every movie I could get my hands on, even working at a video store for two years, which allowed me to ingest films like others breathe air. For a long time, I thought I was a visual artist, which proved counterproductive to my early college education, where I changed majors three times, ended up in creative writing, and ultimately dropped out with more student loan debt than any rational person would want. I am happily married to one of the most beautiful women alive, and we have two cats named after Lord of the Rings characters and a dog we call The Dingo.
My first chapbook, Father Figures: autobiographical poems, was released in 2014 to good reviews, and is available at Amazon. Since that time I have published 15 other collections including a collection of short stories through my independent press Crow Hollow Books.