Just learned that online literary journal Synchronized Chaos published one of my poems in the July issue, released on the first of the month. This issue’s theme is “Ways of Being Human,” exploring how to be a person in our world in three categories: “Inspiration and Motivation,” “Small Individuals, Big World–or Vice Versa?” and “Storytelling and light humor.” Lots of familiar names from the international outlaw poetry scene here, like J.J. Campbell, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, J. D. DeHart, and Gary Glauber, so lots of good stuff to read here.
My poem “my hand is big (supersized me)” was included in the second category, with these comments from the editor: “In a more humorous vein, Jeff Bagato gives us a character who’s quite large. His body, his belongings, his self-concept – everything about him is defiantly big. This serves as a commentary on some cultures’ relentless drive to expand and grow, on the idea that ‘bigger is better.’”
I should note that this piece was actually written in 2009, so it strikes me as a bit prophetic considering the America we live in now. You can read the whole poem here.