Biography of John Dempsey
John Dempsey's Works:
John Dempsey Poems
Maybe I’m Just Shallow
Near fatal car crashes, natural disasters that leave you clinging to some ravaged palm tree staring at all the
there are certain moments, undeniably great moments, perhaps the best that time has in store for you, the wind screaming through an open car window,
Out Of Practice, Out Of Tune, Out Of Lov...
The beautiful woman in her room, she hears him, coming up the stairs, the slow, hesitant steps, everything trailing behind him, coattails and all the stuff of his insides
A Thousand Lines
A thousand lines written in a hotel room only to be crossed out in stirrups with the legs spread and the feel of
West 3rd Symmetry
The young Spanish busboy with the ponytail wears his white busboy’s outfit and a pair
That’s It. Sure.
You see your name, your words, and you think to yourself that’s it. Sure. That’s me up there. And even if people don’t see it yet, I’m up there with the big guys. I’m sitting around with giants,
There’s a girl in Washington Square Park. She’s sitting on the grass, cross-legged, her pale, stubbly thighs spilling out from a skirt that’s got grass stains and feminine,
Call someone something for long enough and they’re bound to live up to it no matter
Practice Makes Perfect
When I got on the E, uptown, W4th, I saw a crowd on both ends of the car, but the middle was empty I’ve always disliked crowds and so john in the middle it was I made my way past the straphangers, pole jockeys and semen fiends that can be found on most any subway
I Wonder What She Called Me
I remembered thinking how it was like wrapping fruit trees so that they’d survive the winter, which made me giggle and she’d ask what was so funny while I hovered over her.
That’s It. Sure.
You see your name, your words, and you think
that’s it. Sure. That’s me up there. And even if people don’t see it yet,
I’m up there with the big guys. I’m sitting around with giants,
and we’re all drinking classy booze,
and maybe even
trading fishing stories. Sure.
And when I finally give it up,