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Jay Sizemore

The writer your mother warned you about

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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 caused by a brain injury I suffered in 2006. This condition is triggered by disturbing thoughts I have, and routinely causes me to shout unintelligible syllables at random moments, and it always makes my wife laugh.


A short story inspired by The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

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Image by pichai25 from Pixabay

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


Poetry

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Everything is a clock
but not all clocks
are so easy to read.


Poetry written this day 2/23/2021

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, AP photos

I've never been to Coney Island,
I've never been to L.A.,
but I know these places all the same,
their ephemeral visages and skylines,
their storybook stories of love, of injustice,
of adventure like a ferris wheel
careening down a city street to the sea,
all its lights flickering and shooting sparks.


Poetry

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Photo by Matt Duncan on Unsplash

~after Jack Kerouac


The monopolization of literature as content is ruining opportunities for creative writers

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James Patterson books for sale on Amazon

Looking at the new release section of books at my local Walmart the other day, I took the time to count the number of books by James Patterson on the shelf. There were ten. Ten newly released novels by one author. I thought to myself, wow, that’s insane. How can one person possibly put out so many new novels? A closer look reveals the answer. He can’t. There’s always a second or even third writer credited in smaller print. What’s going on here?


An angry rant of a review

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The Stand promotional photo, via CBS

I wanted to love the new adaptation of The Stand. Since it is based upon one of my favorite novels, I had high hopes. The original mini-series from the 90s is still watchable, but it barely holds up to the cinematic quality of today’s entertainment standard, and Mick Garris just never seemed capable of elevating himself above B-Movie pulp. This new version definitely had a lot going for it: a top notch cast, bigger budget, CGI effects, and a director with some major film experience in Josh Boone behind it.


The pre-game spot was more PSA than poetry

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Amanda Gorman performs for Super Bowl, via CBS

Reciting a poem for the Super Bowl is bound to be a stressful challenge for any poet. It’s hard to imagine the magnitude of such pressure. The Super Bowl is one of, if not the most prestigious televised events of the year, every year, its ad space among the most coveted for its massive audience appeal. No poet has ever been asked to read before a Super Bowl before. So, this moment should have been a massive success for an art form such as poetry, which isn’t exactly known for its universality.


How you can also check this item off your bucket list

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photo by the author, 2019

Before the apocalypse hit, my wife and I usually traveled somewhere overseas every year for our anniversary. In 2019 we took a trip to the UK and Scotland, which remains in my mind as one of the best places we have ever visited. Maybe it stands out more because it was the last real trip we got to take. Or maybe it is because we visited Stonehenge. Or maybe it is because on the night of our anniversary, we actually stayed in a Scottish castle.

Jay Sizemore

Provocative truth teller, author of 14 poetry collections. Cat dad. Dog dad. Currently working from Portland, Oregon. Learn more at: Jaysizemore.com.

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