New poem published with New Verse News!

New Verse News has accepted another of my topical poems. This one is about the Jordanian pilot that recently lost his life due to the extremists who call themselves ISIS. I thank James Penha for giving me another opportunity and sharing my work with the world. You can find the poem, “A man burned alive is reincarnated as a firefighter” here. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for supporting poetry.

New poem published at New Verse News!

Another of my news-related, topical poems has found a home. This one is about the police force in Florida that were found to be using African American mugshots for target practice. A clergy group started sending them pictures with the caption “use me instead,” and thus the idea for the poem was sparked. You’ll find the poem here at New Verse News. Kind thanks and gratitude to James Penha for the opportunity.

New poem up at Change Seven Magazine!

My poem “Disco ver(ses) in the key of American Hustle” appears in the debut issue of Change Seven Magazine. It is a stellar issue, and I am lucky to be a part of it. Take the time to check it out and provide feedback if you are so inclined. Much appreciation to Sheryl Monks and staff for putting this thing together. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Change Seven.

A poem for Michael Moore:

Cowards

It takes bravery to badmouth the dead,
the ghosts are not reloading their weapons.

It takes bravery to hoist that mic high,
clearing the frame of the shot.

The camera lens cannot tell a lie
like a video editor, splicing together a script.

It’s a sniper scope. Aimed, it focuses,
on targets unaware of the crosshairs.

When the trigger is pulled he’s far away,
in a darkened room that smells of sex.

The filmmaker sleeps, a food-drunk bear
with no blood on his giant paws,

for underdogs, his bravery is popcorn butter
wiped onto a wrinkled tuxedo shirt.

Jay Sizemore

Father Figures Reviewed in The Lake

My chapbook Father FIgures which has eleven five star reviews on Amazon, just received its first positive review to be published in a literary journal. The review appears as part of the December issue of The Lake, a journal produced from England. It was written by Gram Joel Davies. The magazine is edited by John Murphy. I thank them both, and all the members of their staff, for giving my work the opportunity to be scrutinized in this fashion. I’m eternally grateful to anyone who reads my work, and even more so if they recommend it to others, or share it with them.

I hope you will read the review, and then check out what else they are doing over there at The Lake, as they are doing great things.

Recent Reading at Subterranean Phrases, Louisville

I recently went to Louisville, KY at the behest of good friend Rachel Short, to do a short reading with fellow poet Erin Keane at November’s Subterranean Phrases. This took place on November 12th. I had a grand time, accompanied by my wife, who rarely attends these sort of events, and was a big fan of Erin Keane’s Bruce Springsteen poems. Cowboy Funeral provided the background music, and their style fit the work very well, a cerebral ambience that helps one get in the right mindset for poetry.

You can find some audio from the reading here as part of Rachel’s Keep Louisville Literary radio broadcast. Featured at that link is author/poet Joy Priest, and you will want to hear her work, as she is phenomenal.

Thanks to Rachel Short and Erin Keane and Cowboy Funeral, and the venue Decca for allowing me to participate in the event, as I rarely get these opportunities, and cherish every one.