Thursday, January 19, 2012


Lascivious Ladies and Genteel Gents,
we've just shown you
what NOIR-HAIKU looks like ... at 

Now parley up a gander at what
noirtorious crime-guy writer 'round WebTowne,
AJ Hayes, calls "NOIRETRY".

I tell ya, the man's poetry in motion,
no matter what genre he's doin' the mess'around with.

This one though?
It's a sure shot ~ 

A    L  E  S  S  O  N
By  ~  AJ Hayes

Powder stink and clinking brass.
Thompson gun is talking trash.
Tommy's speakin' high and right.
Pull down left, forget the sights.
Nicky Aces got the blues.
Forty-Fives are real bad news.

Nicky dancin' all Jack Flash
Falls flat forward. Breathes his last.
Thompson says what Nicky knew.
Just one thing that you don't do.
Just one line that you don't cross:
Ain't no stealin' from the boss.

© 2012  NOIRETRY Author ~ AJ HAYES
Cold crimes for  Jump-Jivin' January NOIR  AT THE BIJOU
IMAGES: "Tommy Gun's Garage" - Chicago Theatre Beat / J. Edgar Hoover - Newservice
Ms Veronica Lake playing at Dee Dee's Ténèbres à la Lumière

YEP. That's a tommy gun he's brandishing.
Here's lookin' at You,

"There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter."

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."

And though I'm a Fitzgerald girl, one of my favourites from Papa Hemingway for our AJ ~

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

I trust the Fedora Fella and the shadows of Noir implicitly to catch us off guard. Sometimes, that's all it takes to tilt the measure of true class.

~  Absolutely*Kate

I'm gunning for that Hayes guy. We hear he's trouble.

"The cure for crime is not the electric chair, 
but the high chair."  ~ J. Edgar Hoover

W A N T E D 
for Entertaining Reasons
Yeah, we all kinda know this crime-writer, tough guy with a tender side he ain't gonna like me warblin' like a canary about out loud in public. He's the champion of all the authors we are. When I gotta glimpse of this piece featured in BLACK HEART MAGAZINE'S June, 2011 NOIR ISSUE, I couldn't resist the shared-promo heist. I jammed the roscoe in his button and said, 'Close your yap, bo, or I squirt metal.' Well, that wasn't exactly how it shook down, but AT THE BIJOU Noir-afficiandos, you got to share our Fedora Fella's mighty fine love for lingo and his debonair flair -- or is that flare -- of flingin' it.

During "THE SHADOWS OF OUR NOIR" swanky shows AT THE BIJOU, AJ's under the hot spotlights in BERTINO'S HEAD and a glimpse of our co-authoring novel, SPY-SIDE ECONOMICS. You'll dig him there, as you do this big lug all around WebTowne, playin' at the usual suspected joints:  A Twist of Noir, Yellow Mama and Muse, Title Fights, Acorn Review, Flashshot, The Hard Nosed Sleuth, Shotgun Honey, Apollo’s Lyre and Black Heart Magazine’s Noir Issue.

Recently, upcoming  AT THE BIJOU's NoirStar Darren Sant's new knockout joint, NEAR TO THE KNUCKLE, featured our big Palooka's poem SURVIVING. I tell ya, it'd knock your socks off even if you were already barefoot. Click & See ~ you'll see.

Check out Black Heart Magazine when the Noir bug's nippin' atcha and you're dodgin' Chicago lightening. Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat ~ 

 Now kids . . . 
slip into your ritzy BIJOU
red velvet seats 
for a double feature
with a fave of your choosin' 
from any of these
bright Brunos, Babes
and Boozehounds.

Here's lookin' atcha Bub.
You too, Toots.


Now playing ~


   LINK delicious INFLUENCES of ~


Sal Buttaci  . . .  Kevin j Mackey

 . . . and Absolutely*Kate so far . . . . 

                          Every-other-day or so, cold crimes . . . jump-jiving January's NEW NOIR

Paul Brazill ... Leon Jackson Davenport

BR Stateham ... Fiona Johnson ... Jack Bates 

Luca Veste, on the record OFF THE RECORD

 Julian Bramwell Slater ... Christina Vincent

Charlie Wade ... Darren Sant  ... 

Lily Childs ... Walter Conley

Carrie Clevenger ... Daniel Stine  ...  

Thomas Pluck and the Lost Children benefit show

New Year's new NOIR, Publisher BLASTED HEATH

editor John Kenyonpublisher of GRIFT magazine

with telling tales of GRIMM TALES' greats 

Rex Pickett picks a surprise ... 

plus . . . return of our pally, the great Randisi ... 

AT THE BIJOU'S Harry B Sanderford ... Matthew Magda ...  

intermittent intermissions by masters of the ceremonious ~ 
Kevin MadDog Michaels and Absolutely*Kate ... 

Why ~ Who knows who's getting into the act? . . . 
RAYMOND CHANDLER may be channeled! 


Jump-Jivin' January's New Year, New NOIR ~ AT THE BIJOU


Ian Ayris said...

Great stuff, AJ. Your lyricism and sense of timing and image permeate every story you write, so it's no surprise, King of the Noir Poets you surely be.

Hope you're keeping well, mate.

All the best from here in Old Blighty,

Your clumsy, forgetful, bright-eyeed pal,


Charlie Wade said...

Great one, AJ. Love the last two lines.

Author said...

Lcvely stuff, as always. Really enjoyed that - ta! :D

Helen A. Howell said...

Great poem done is noir style, enjoyed it!

Chris Rhatigan said...

Beautiful, AJ. Rhythmic and powerful.

KjM said...

Excuse me, I need to go home for my hat - that I might doff it.

Those first two lines set the scene, the sound, and then we're off to the races.

Sharp images and great pace. I love it! Really, really well done, AJ.

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Outstanding, AJ. You sure a man of many talents. Told a cool story as well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks guys and gals. It's very, very good when people you respect like your stuff. Thanks for postin' it Amazin' Katie,

Kate Pilarcik ~ absolutely said...

I think the fella said it. What me and Aretha is givin' his way ... R-E-S-P-E-C-T for his teeming talents and how he's always A-teaming 'round WebTowne.

Twas an honour Mr Hayes to be on the 'givin' back' side. Keep rockin ... that's what we're all here for.

~ Absolutely*Kate,
gosh darn fan of all you likely suspects here,

"Where Writers' Raves are Readers' Faves"

Madam Z said...

Poetry with a punch! No one who who reads Aj's crime rhyme is gonna cross the boss!

Anonymous said...

Tight lean poetry with a muscular rhythm. Great stuff.

Salvatore Buttaci said...

A perfect noirhyme! Your sound values are way up there. Write some more, AJ!

Kristin Fouquet said...

Loved, the voice, AJ! Terrific.

A*K, nice diggs here, dollface!

Anonymous said...

Richard, Sal, AK, and Kristin, thank you so much my friends.

Anonymous said...

Damn it. Missed you up there Lady Z. Thank you very much.

Nigel Bird said...

All the Ts - Tough, Tender and Talented. Any order you like them in .