John Dorsey

by Horror Sleaze Trash on March 9, 2013


John Dorsey 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), and Leaves of Ass (Unadorned Press, 2011). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He may be reached at

Norm and Betty’s Bar


My first night there

I sucked on the tits

of a drunken redhead


and thought

this must Midwestern

for hello

are you thirsty?



a better year


i am vaguely depressed

that an asteroid

isn’t going to slam into

the earth in 2040


this news resolves nothing

now i must make plans

iron wrinkled socks

and wish on shooting stars

though maybe by then

pluto will be a planet again

new jersey will smell like roses

and paper airplanes will burn in effigy

across our imaginary war zones


for now we must be happy

with killing each other

they tell me

it’s a party

we’re all invited

so be sure to come dressed

as your favorite tombstone



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