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John J. Dunphy

Originally published in the 4/17/11 edition of The [Alton, IL] Telegraph. There’s a chapter on Mary Ann Pitman in my book Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois. Signed copies are available through me at my Second Reading Book Shop.

John J. Dunphy is the author of Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois, Lewis and Clark’s Illinois Volunteers, From Christmas to Twelfth Night in Southern Illinois, Murder and Mayhem in Southwestern Illinois and Unsung Heroes of the Dachau Trials. He is also the author of the following collections of poetry: Old Soldiers Fading Away, Zen Koanhead, pagan rites, Stellar Possibilities, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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Two Newspaper Columns I Wrote About William Lee, a/k/a “Deaf Bill”

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John J. Dunphy

Author’s note: I wrote these columns a decade apart. The temper and tone of the second column is much different than that of the 1986 piece. Let the record show that Lee was (finally) laid to rest on June 24, 1996.

I also wrote a piece on “Deaf Bill” for issue 3:5 of Springhouse magazine (www.springhousemagazine.com).

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10.27.1986

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My poem in the February 2023 issue of bottle rockets

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John J. Dunphy

first day of spring

I draw flowers

in the snow

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Zen KoanHead, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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My poem in hedgerow issue 140

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John J. Dunphy

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July 4th fireworks

the veteran’s ears

plugged with cotton

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Zen KoanHead, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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Squished: A Decidedly Irreverent Poem

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John J. Dunphy

God held me,

safe and secure,

in the palm of his hand.

Then,

for reasons I will never understand,

God suddenly made a fist.

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Zen KoanHead, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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3 Poems from Cold Moon Journal, January 3, 2023

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John J. Dunphy

midnight melody

our cat walks

on the piano keys

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backyard

a squirrel chows down on

my aunt’s fruitcake

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freeze warning

I put out extra food for

my feral cats

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Zen Koanhead , pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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John J. Dunphy’s poem in the January 2023 issue of Failed Haiku

nursery

I buy a tree after learning

my diagnosis

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Zen Koan Head, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL USA. Google him to learn more about this enigmatic person who is such a gifted writer and poet.