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2 Poems by Corey Mesler

Shaving Her

He likes the weight
of her leg on his
thigh, and its dark
warm mark on
his jeans. Her legs
are lathered and
removing it feels sweetly
verboten as if stripping
her of husk,
denuding sacred mast.
She sighs as the razor
sings through its field
of snow. She hums
a forgotten tune. And
when her legs are
humid and smooth,
and his razor
is near her darker place,
where the tangle of hair
is like jungle heat,
he holsters the blade.
He picks up her tune
and hums it, too.
Only then does he
replace knife-edge with his
ardent and anxious fingers.


I am tired of picking up
after the ghosts.
They leave fingerprints
made of snow
on the stone above my
bed. They leave
teeth marks on
my chest, above my heart,
red as sangaree, in
the shape of your absence.


COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published 8 novels, 5 full length poetry collections, and 4 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. His fiction has received praise from John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Smith, Frederick Barthelme, Greil Marcus, among others. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN. He can be found at www.coreymesler.wordpress.com.



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