John Dorsey

John Dorsey
3 Poems


Jason Ryberg Sings a Homage to Bon Jovi

like a glass of water
you are the child of a river

just remember the words
that brought you here
& move on.



Emily Dickinson Died for This

the sound of rain
in the missouri sky
social distancing
from hummingbirds.



Pandemic River Poem

here even the babies are ugly
when you look at their reflection
in the water.





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 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