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Corey Mesler

Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published 8 novels, 3 full length poetry collections, and 3 books of short stories. 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 were 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-chapbooks and selected poems are available below.

Origami Micro-chapbook

Selected Poem(s)


Cover: Photo by nemo.star
“A Short Ballad about Louise and the Stone” in Flutter
“A Third Stone” in Right Hand Pointing
“Coda: Gift” in Pegasus

{mooblock=Coda: Gift}

A child will bring a stone home
and keep it as if
it were a precious gem. This
is the understanding
of the world we lose as we age.
On my desk is a desiccated
flower, a gift from
my daughter, the bestowing angel,
and the stone, now here, conferred.

Corey Mesler © 2014


To Writing You

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

{mooblock=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