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Please check out Corey Mesler’s new book, Madstones, here:


work by Mesler at {isacoustic*} is here:



Also, Devon Balwit’s chapbook A Brief Way to Identify a Body is here:


and work in {isacoustic*} here:


person Corey Mesler, three poems

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, and five 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 143 year-old bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at https://coreymesler.wordpress.com.



Saskia works like a dog,
often pulling
the late shift at the
squirrel watch.
In the gloaming she
appears a black and
white wraith, circling the
tree of knowledge,
barking at her God,
working harder
than the most ardent prayer.


The tug of sleep

The tug of sleep is strong
as I sit alone
writing words on white stones.
I will place the stones
along the path
you travel. Perhaps you will
stop to admire a
word or two. Perhaps
you will bend and pick up a
stone. The word on it
might be ‘now.’
You will turn as if someone
behind you spoke.
I will almost wake up and
almost stop the dream from dreaming.


Dapping for Meaning

I took my fishing rod down to
the stream of consciousness
and tried to hook a story
about love and lust and that feeling
of incomprehensible bliss that
only exists in the rushing, toppling
waters of the stream of consciousness
on whose banks I sat for years
thinking about what if, only what if.