Three Poems

Poetry
Corey Mesler


Limited Edition

Small, lovely artifact,
paper and stitching,
how can you mean so much?

I hold you in my hand
to read the colophon.
The types are hand-set Spectrum
& Palatino; the paper

is Antique Laid. Numbered
copies have been hand-
sewn into soft Ingres wrappers.

I can almost feel a heartbeat
on my palm in the nap of your
skin. Oh, and inside, like prayer,
you are full of poetry.

 

The Jay Underneath Yggdrasil

I went out this morning just
at sunup to fill the birdfeeder
and the air was as thick as
incense-wreaths, and a bluejay
stood magisterially nearby,
patient like the eternal rocks,
and looked at me, for all the
world, as if we understood each other.

 

Last
“Every morning I forget how it is.” —Charles Simic

for Sandra

A name tied to a kite.
A loose name.
A girl who died
on the way to her sister’s
wedding. A girl
you kissed once.
A hot feeling even on
the nicest day.
A reason for anything.
Why you would kiss
anyone only once.

pencil

“I have published prose and/or poetry in Fiction Warehouse, Rattle, In Posse Review, & many others. I won the Moonfire Poetry Chapbook Competition 2003 and my chapbook, Chin-Chin in Eden, has just been published by Still Waters Press. Another chapbook, Dark on Purpose, is just out from Little Poem Press. One of my short stories was chosen for the 2002 edition of New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. My novel-in-dialogue, Talk, was published by Livingston Press in 2002. My forthcoming novel, We are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, is also from Livingston Press. I’ve been a book reviewer, fiction editor, university press sales rep, grant committee judge, father and son. With my wife I own Burke’s Book Store, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores.” E-mail: resolemcrey[at]yahoo.com.