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It seems like every American has a story about 9/11. The memory of that morning is seared in the collective consciousness of an entire nation. It’s not because of national pride. …

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Making money on Medium is easy. It’s so easy in fact, everyone is doing it. How do I know everyone is doing it? Because every time I log into Medium I am told about it by a multitude of articles bragging about how easy it is to do.

I’m told…

Champ Biden as a puppy, via Tom Kelly

When you love a dog,
you want it to live forever
because you know
just how close
tomorrow lies.

You bring that puppy
into your life,
home from the pound
and its harsh chemical smell,
its harsh reverberant chatter
of barks that echo
through tile, concrete, chainlink.

He sleeps like…

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Hello, fellow Medium addicts. My name is Jay Sizemore. You may recognize me from such films as “The Poet With Borderline Personality Disorder” or “How to Alienate an Entire Genre of Writers in Five Easy Moves.” I actually have an undiagnosed case of mild Tourette’s Syndrome, which I believe was…

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As Greg Stillson awoke one morning from frightful dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a Trump supporter.

The usual hangover headache of drowsiness and fog, his pre-coffee brain was gone, replaced now with a crystalline certainty about the world. Where previously much had been shrouded in mystery…

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The city of Venice is sinking,
stone steps submerged and mossy
at the edge of a canal--

all these canted angles
of buildings leaning their roofs
close enough to kiss the neighbors

between open windows.
Every square foot covered with rock,
bright reflecting sun, blinding

while the bells peal from…

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Yesterday Medium finally announced the winners of their crazy contest, The Medium Writer’s Challenge.

Let’s be honest, the whole circus was a shit show. It was poorly organized, they pushed back deadlines on judging, no one knew what was going on with it behind the scenes, how it was being…

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~after Kahlil Gibran

So many seek truth from the sea,
as if expecting a lantern
filled with rainwater
to somehow provide light
and the warmth of a flame,

but the sea, much like existence,
remains mysterious,
as the birthplace of stars.

A Prophet could rise
from the waves,
clad in…

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I get told all the time that I am too negative. People love to call me “Debbie Downer” or say that I lack perspective. They say it is my outlook that makes me miserable. If I just could change my attitude, my life would surely improve!

Hogwash. I’m very happy…

Jay Sizemore

Provocative truth teller, author of 18 poetry collections. Cat dad. Dog dad. Currently working from Portland, Oregon. Learn more at:

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