##From Appalachian Frankenstein-
Excerpt from the poem icarus revisited
an outsider in his own heart blowing unrequited kisses at the pavement where ex-lovers looked like ants swooning to a silent ballet only he knew the words to making beautiful music composing his melody in blood.
Praise for John Dorsey
When I teach the poems of John Dorsey to my students, they almost universally say, “yes.” Through their largely young eyes, I try to imagine what part of the universe Dorsey has touched within them. For years now I’ve been trying to figure out the same thing for myself as over, and over again, I come back to Dorsey’s collections hoping there’s one I’ve missed…as if the poems have grown up and had children between the pages and new words lay there just waking up. I am never disappointed. Dorsey’s poems reinvent themselves for us every time we read them. That is what my students see – they see themselves, both past and future. I seem to always see myself in his present. -D.E. Oprava
About John Dorsey
John Dorsey currently lives somewhere in the American Midwest. Born in a military hospital in Hawaii in 1976, he spent his early years in Western Pennsylvania, and has worked as a dishwasher, grocery store bagger, gas station attendant, video arcade manager, file clerk, newspaper journalist, playwright, arts programming administrator, artist in residence, and professional screenwriter.
His work has in numerous magazines and anthologies alongside folks like Antler, Michael McClure, Ann Menebroker, Robert Bly, Billy Childish, Edward Lucie-Smith, Sam Cornish, Charles Plymell, Heathcote Williams, Jim Burns, D.R. Wagner, Tom Kryss, Lyn Lifshin, S.A. Griffin, Scott Wannberg, Todd Moore, Ellyn Maybe, Iris Berry, Kell Robertson, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, A.D. Winans, Neeli Cherkovski, Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Mark Strand, Marge Piercy, Richard Kostelanetz, Dan Fante, Gerard Malanga, and Charles Bukowski.
He has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and in 2014 was named Best Literary Artist in Toledo, Ohio, by readers of the Toledo City Paper.
He may be reached at [email protected]