“the way things were in 1981” written and performed by John Dorsey
— poem appears in his book Sodomy Is a City in New Jersey —

Filmed at Snoetry 2: A World Record Winter Wordfest — a Lix and Kix production
at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner in Elyria, Ohio on 5 February 2011
(photography & editing by Brian Fugett, courtesy of

About The Author:

John Dorsey currently resides in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (from American Mettle Books, an imprint of Grievous Jones Press). His work has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He may be reached for readings and sexual favors at 

Buy his acclaimed new book at

Other recommended works by John Dorsey include harvey keitel, harvey keitel, harvey keitel with S.A. Griffin and Scott Wannberg (Butcher Shop Press / Rose of Sharon Press / Temple of Man, 2005); steal this imagination (Rank Stranger Press, 2006); and Holy Toledo!: The Sonnet River Volume (Sleepy Brooklyn, 2008).