Corey Mesler


I dreamt you took my hand and
led me away from the crowd
and uncovered me just enough
so you could put your mouth
tenderly over my cock and when
I woke I forgot your name and
even the way you looked but the
feeling was there and I called it love.


Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and New Stories from the South. He has published nine novels, four short story collections, six full-length poetry collections, and a dozen chapbooks. His novel, Memphis Movie, attracted kind words from Ann Beattie, Peter Coyote, and William Hjorstberg, among others. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart many times, and three of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He also wrote the screenplay for We Go On, which won The Memphis Film Prize in 2017. With his wife, he runs a 144-year-old bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at

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