Corey Mesler

Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published five novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010) and Following Richard Brautigan (2010), Gardner Remembers (2011), 2 full length poetry collections, Some Identity Problems (2008) and Before the Great Troubling (2011), and 3 books of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009), Notes toward the Story and Other Stories (2011) and I’ll Give You Something to Cry About (2011).

He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. www.burkesbooks.com

He can be found at www.coreymesler.com.

 Corey's Origami micro-chapbook and selected poem are available below.

Origami Micro-chapbook

Selected Poem(s)

To Writing You

Cover art by Chloe Mesler
“To Writing You” in Yes, Poetry
“Walking on God’s Good Side” in Curio

Walking On God's Good Side

O rarely will the thing you most
need rise to your hand.
O rarely will your love come to
you on your darkest day
with the precise counter-spell. O,
friend, why do you sit
and wait for the bell? Rise now
and open the drapes. The
man or woman outside has a
word for you. It’s only a word to
start the conversation. But O,
friend, you too are made of earth.
Alike, you are made of breath, too.

Corey Mesler © 2012

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