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John Dorsey


Amazing Blues

between the sun
& a world of fence posts
thighs blessing the giddy sea
absurd waves of believers
return with coffee.


Trust the Engine

not men
but dogs
frayed telephone lines
long memory
a bankrupt world
sniffing wind
lost fools
form bone.



a dog curves beneath fence posts
this place of conscience
swimming away
a man will measure snow
& barbed wire.


Ruin Beautiful Rivers

divert your breath
bored lovers
old fingers
wet grass.


John Dorsey lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory, (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Poetry, 2017),Your Daughter’s Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019), Which Way to the River: Selected Poems 2016-2020 (OAC Books, 2020), Afterlife Karaoke (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2021) and Sundown at the Redneck Carnival, (Spartan Press, 2022).. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize. He was the winner of the 2019 Terri Award given out at the Poetry Rendezvous. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com.

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the only black man
in two counties
to drive a mercedes
on our country roads in 1992
It was your father’s
after years of teaching music
to backwoods kids like me

people had known you
all your life & still
they stopped you
to ask where
you were going

when the truth is
you were just like everyone else
seduced by the frost
& going nowhere.

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