Next Poem

Next Poem

I’ve put my poem “My First Day Flying” on the shelf for now. I’m editing the next poem now. It’s title: LACKLAND.

A book is formulating. In order, next potential poem titles are:

-Sergeant Smalls & Billy Jack

⁃ Sergeant French

⁃ Inspection

⁃ Guard Duty

⁃ The Firing Range

⁃ The Blasting Caps

⁃ The Alamo

⁃ I Did Not Rob The BX

⁃ Ali versus Foreman

⁃ The Dells

⁃ I’m Going to Fail That IFR Test

⁃ Orders

⁃ Red Versus Sea Dog (already written)

⁃ I Do Not Dare Divulge (first appeared in HCE’s Classified issue

Blogging Time Again!

I just finished the first draft of a poem titled “My First Day Flying”. The work is nine pages long —when printed out on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. The poem is about the time I pissed off my high school counselors and signed up for the military, just when before the draft ended. Parts of this piece just might be hilarious or it may be as boring as a crumbling rusted nail. I doubt if any publisher would take a piece like this on, but who knows. In any case, I enjoy writing the piece. It is new territory for a poem. Either it will be like Miles new method of music heard around the world or it will be like Milli Vanilli’s FLOP heard round the world! I’m fastening my seatbelt. We’ll see!

My Next Chapbook

My Next Poetry Chapbook

I just finished 3 new poems:

A Song of Remembrance for Mama

My Last Smoke

Red Versus Seadog

all 3 are some of the longest pieces I’ve ever written. Too long to read at most Open Mics (A Song of Remembrance…clocks in at 4 minutes and 25 seconds).

I’m sending all 3 to a poetry contest held by Phoebe, Journal of Literature and Arts.

The entry fee is $5 and the deadline is tonight 11:59pm Eastern.

Now my chapbook plan is as follows: if Phoebe accepts 1 of the pieces, rights return to me immediately after publication and that 1 poem as well as the other 2 will go in my chapbook, now slated for release later this year! We will see.


New Bio


Jerry T. Johnson is a Poet and Spoken Word Artist whose poetry has appeared in a variety of literary publications worldwide. Jerry also features at many Spoken Word and Poetry venues in the New York City and Southern Connecticut areas. In addition to his poetry writing, Jerry is co-host at great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s at the Parkside Lounge in Manhattan. Jerry lives with his wife Raye in Danbury, Connecticut.

Day #14

Day #14

Update on my 50 day writing journey!

There are 14 days left in this 50 day writing journey. I have produced a lot of material and when to 50 days are over, I plan to put the manuscript on the shelf and just let it sit a spell.

This methodology may put my publication date past Spring. Nonetheless, I must let it sit. It may sit for a week or it may sit for a month but it must sit and I need to forget about it.

When I pick up the manuscript again, I will look at it with fresh eyes. I will cut out word flab, add clarity to vague stanzas, and sprinkle punctuation where necessary.

I could rush to produce a product by end of Spring, but I have learned the necessity of patience in my writing endeavors. I write and let the work sit. After a certain period, I pick it up again, I edit and I let it sit again. This cycle repeats itself until I realize I have run out of editing ideas. At that point I send it to an editor for review or I send it to a publisher, who may edit it once more if they decide to publish it.

So now, that is my plan. See you in 14 days.

A Sneak Preview

Sneak Preview

This is just a sneak preview of my new chapbook , scheduled to be released late Spring:


it is February

January’s snow is melted

reservoir ice too thin for skating

the ice fishers watch morning television

thousands of brown leaves cover

the banks and the mounds

naked trees sleep with no blanket

and there is no morning frost

only rain, splatters against sills,

panes, windshields gray as

the day, somber as a warm winter

we miss the fall of snowflakes

To be continued, end of sneak preview…