corey mesler

All that I Survey

The sun sets
like a flan.
All the birds
left at the feeder
are voting Re-
pulican. I stand
on the new
porch, its wood
blond like
Tuesday Weld.
In the gloaming
a strange song.
Even the birds
question the abrupt
ambiguity in
the day’s final hours.

Last Night I Went Back to Kenneth Street

Last night, in dreams,
I went back to Kenneth Street.
I hadn’t been in decades
waking or sleeping.
There were games again, balls
thrown and caught
or not caught. There was a
music to the street,
the whirr of childhood. There
were faces from then
and now, old and young.
And, right before it was all over,
the playfulness, the fantasy, the
jumble of my many years, the
sun came up like a difficult question.

Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published five novels, including Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), and Gardner Remembers (2011), as well as two full length poetry collections and three books of short stories. He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times; 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) independent bookstores. He can be found at