At Padgett’s Place · John Dorsey

sitting in the pool hall
in the middle of the afternoon
is as good a use of my time as any

one day they might name a sandwich after me

some people name stars after dead lovers
& go to sleep hungry

you can’t swallow a comet

i’m better off here

where there is a sandwich made for hustlers
where paul newman’s ghost smiles
at the first pretty girl he sees

time is the true love of all worried men
chalk outlines on their lips

we are all skating on small ponds

the jukebox is the closest thing
to therapy there is
& it always seems
like a better idea
than going home.


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), 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). He is the former Poet Laureate of Belle, MO and Co-Editor, with Jason Ryberg, of the Gasconade Review.