Two Poems by John Dorsey

Boxcar Poem #6

on halloween
someone in the trailer park
put razor blades
in a few candy apples

after that we stayed in

to this day
i still won’t shave

looking like
grizzly adams
just seems
more wholesome


Boxcar Poem #7

we watched as a woman
stabbed her husband
five times
in the throat

when they loaded him
onto the stretcher
he was still
smoking a cigarette
and telling her
to play his numbers

that he felt lucky

to be alive



photo by Casey Rearick

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), Leaves of Ass (Unadorned Press, 2011). and Tombstone Factory (Epic Rites Press, 2013). These pieces are from his forthcoming book with Lead Graffiti Letterpress, BOXCAR POEMS.  His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He may be reached at

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