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Updated: Dec 26, 2020

by John Dorsey

i imagine your youth

not as some dust bowl

of right wing political commentary

with good looking people

who can always afford

to get their prescriptions filled

but as a true swamp of innocence

we both live in a country

where history walks with a limp

nobody goes around nursing a bad cough

for the sake of mystery

so when i call to you in the street

just know

that i mean it.

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) 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

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