John Dorsey

 

John Dorsey
grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and 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 Press, 2017) and Your Daughter’s Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019). 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.

 

The Wind in the Alley or The Prairie Electric

     for Garrison Keillor


            I.

leaves do not blow
down the cobblestone
of cornfields

dying is not quaint

            II.

when a river runs low
there is only so much blood
a hawk can witness

at its basin

            III.

when a young girl
dreams of the future
it is not your body

only hers

to be concerned with.

 

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