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Jay Sizemore
Canon Fodder
Jay Sizemore, author
We often see lists of books online with titles like "THE TOP 100 NOVELS OF ALL TIME." How many of them have you read? During the pandemic, poet Jay Sizemore decided it was far past time that he read (and finished reading) the novel Moby-Dick. He loved it so much, that he decided to keep picking up other classic works that he had for one reason or another never took the time to engage with. Much of this reading was accomplished through audio books and the Audible app, which allowed him to read many books in his spare time, often 3 or 4 a week. This was a horizon expanding and life changing experience. Reading these books was endlessly inspiring. Sizemore wrote poems based on readings of books such as The Grapes of Wrath, Frankenstein, Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, Crime and Punishment, Ulysses, and many, many more. To see the full list of books that he read, and the resulting poems within the collection, pick up this book. Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired too. PRAISE FOR CANON FODDER: “In an age when most poetry collections are quiet affairs, slender in size and modest in ambition, Jay Sizemore’s Canon Fodder swims through the ocean of contemporary poetry like Moby Dick, huge and unstoppable. Sizemore is to poetry what Jack Kerouac is to fiction, a passionate, funny, deeply human voice trying to catch the whole world in words.” — George Bilgere, author of Blood Pages