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corey mesler

corey mesler is a widely published author whose prose and/or poetry has appeared in turnrow, yellow silk, pindeldyboz, mars hill review, pikeville review, center, small press review, jabberwock review, rattle, orchid, quick fiction, timber creek review, green egg, poetry motel, raintown review, potomac review, poetry super highway, big muddy, slant, wilmington blues, drought, parnassus literary review, wavelength, lilliput review, pearl, aurorean, lucid moon, mid-american poetry review, the pegasus review, and many others. a chapbook of poems, piecework, was published by wing and a wheel press. with his wife he owns burke's book store, one of the country's oldest (127 years) and best independent bookstores. resolemcrey@yahoo.com



I hear your
in the cock's
I pierce the
with the sword
you used
when I was
The scar on my
is the shape of
your smile.



Murmuring waves of desire
lick at my boots
as I step into the shadows,
my luster gone,
my teeth freshly sharpened.


The Party to Celebrate the Unfolding

And I dedicated my reading
to my father, who did not live
enough to see my book.
He sat there, pale but
My words spread out like
a stain. When the people clapped
my father half-rose from
his chair. He thought it was over.
He thought it was all over.

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