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Poems by Corey Mesler

A bone, something

A bone, something
charred, the
reflection of the moon
in an oily puddle.

The old woman, the
old man, their
house aslant,
falling like tinder.

The grey of day,
giving way,
to the charred night.
The moon, its people.

And one, just one,
drop of blood.


Moving the River

Some tradesmen from
town were hired to carry it
through the zigzag streets,
across the derelict lots
and the elementary school
playground. Carefully, bend
by bend, they found a way,
slowly, gently, so the fish
and snakes and crawdads
were not overly disturbed.
It took weeks, the move,
and most of us left our jobs
to watch the progress,
muttering on the sidelines,
going home at night to talk
things over, wondering
whether we would like the
new place they found for
the river, wondering if we
could adjust, traveling east,
instead of west, to swim
and fish and picnic. Our lives
became more fluid then,
in those weeks of waiting,
those unsettling weeks before
the river was laid down again.


COREY MESLER has published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has published 8 novels, 4 short story collections, numerous chapbooks, and 4 full-length poetry collections. His new novel, Memphis Movie, is from Counterpoint Press. He’s been nominated for many Pushcarts, and 2 of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he runs a bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at https://coreymesler.wordpress.com.



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