Poems by Jay J.P. Scott

(Not to be confused with other people named Jay Scott.)

Latest addition: Take a Swan Song and Make It Brighter, added 2 October 2013.

Read my best poems or look to the blue bar on the left. Most of these were originally written for the Daily Whale, my daily joke, epigram, or satirical tidbit. All are short; most are funny; all are formalist (no free verse, other than the odd parody), though some of the forms are alien to tradition.

Be not the first by whom the new is tried:

A. Wait until it’s fully cut-and-dried.
B. Hold off till you’re sure that no one died.
C. But claim you were and write the field guide.
D. We can all try at once and not collide.
February 2005

I also wrote a poetry program, Authorial Intent.