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3 poems by Corey Mesler

Dans la nature

When I was a child
I was shown
how to blot out the
sun with my
thumb. I did not take
this power
lightly. Today I find
in the grass
a small beetle. Its
shell is the
color of a sigh. I place
it in my palm
and it rolls over as if
I were its safest
bedding. And still I
am lost in the world, lost,
wandering and overly loud.


I Tried Not to Think about Your Ass

I tried not to think
about your ass
on the long ride
out from comfort,
on the morning
of deprivation.
I wanted to leave
the mortal coil
beheaded like an
asp, dry as dust,
locked away in
whatever hell Eden
posits. I tried to
make soup, or poem.
I tried to scare
my book into loving
me. I wandered.
In the end, in the
last chapter, I
thought of you again.
And it all came back.



The pocket I kept you in
over my heart.
The shirt with worn cuffs.
The dress you took
off after the dance. The
belt I unbuckled.
The drift off the surface
of cloth, the scent
of starch and iron.
The time you unhooked
your bra while
I only watched. The shoes
you left on once.
The kicksies
frail as dandelion.
The way this all comes back
into fashion. The way we
lie. The socks we both took.
The way it all comes back.


COREY MESLER, who was raised by wolves, has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published 8 novels, 3 books of short stories, numerous chapbooks and 3 full-length poetry collections. He has been nominated for a Pushcart numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he owns Burke’s Book Store. He can be found at coreymesler.wordpress.com

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