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The Prettiest Girl in Moscow, Kansas
John Dorsey
Writer of the Month

pumps gas with a farmer’s bicep
and sells off brand energy drinks 2 for $4
tallying the state tax
to determine her own worth

thinking about the prom

when she was queen
of the cattle fields
from here to oklahoma 

when the bones of the prairie
sang just for her.

John Dorsey lived for many 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), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) and Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016). He is the current Poet Laureate of Belle, MO. He may be reached at