UNDERGROUND VOICES: POETRY
JOHN DORSEY

the garden party of despair

the muse     of charles
starkweather asked, " i don't
like sensitive       men are
you at      least
                           haunted?"

"i went       down by
the river         to cast
my vote     at the
garden party      of despair,"

i    said

"which river?" she asked

it is     any river
where words     float like

a
      sadness

we call       her america
a once       beautiful body
of water       leased to
                                  glory

my soul       was drowned
in her          depths in
search of        love and
more than        once has
been called
                        lazarus

i've tasted       the salt
on her
            lips

"maybe starkweather       could join
us," i
            said

we could       dive in
so deeply       that buried
treasure would       be forced
to search     for
                              us

and immortality       would paint
our names     in blood
on the     balding forehead
of the
            sun

and after      the manhunt
we could     issue a
joint statement       to the
press which
                     read

"in war     everyone becomes
a patriot       and murder
becomes harder to
                                    define"


John Dorsey currently resides in Toledo, OH. He is
the author of "Harvey Keitel, Harvey Keitel, Harvey
Keitel" with S.A. Griffin and Scott Wannberg,
Butchershop Press/Rose of Sharon Press/Temple of Man,
2005, and "Moshing With The Cosmos" with Iris Berry,
Magenta Press, 2005. He can be reached at
archerevans@yahoo.com







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