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Memphis streets are hot as a cuckoo.
The sidewalk unbuckles
as if for a tryst. In the gingko a
stirring of sap, a chthonic
brook. I take the TV into the swimming
pool. There is something
showing. I untuck as if for a tryst. There
is a crackle of static and
then the klezmer of electric sex. I only
want what my arms want:
I only know that when it is hot it will
stay hot. I only know that my
levels spiked, my cardio knows the fur-
tive river, the long long line of elastic flesh.
Corey Mesler has published four novels – Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010) and Following Richard Brautigan (2010), 2 full length poetry collections – Some Identity Problems (2008) and Before the Great Troubling (2011), and 3 books of short stories – Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009), Notes toward the Story and Other Stories (2011) and I’ll Give You Something to Cry About (2011). He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has multiple Pushcart Prize and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He also claims to have written, “Coronet Blue.” With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at www.coreymesler.com.