about the author

Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published two novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002) and We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), a full-length poetry collection, Some Identity Problems (2008), and a book of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009). He also has two novels set to be published in the Spring of 2010, The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (Bronx River Press) and Following Richard Brautigan (Livingston Press). He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He also claims to have written, “In the Year 2525.” With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at coreymesler.com.

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Corey Mesler

Getting up, moving around,
cleaning yourself, making coffee
—all this is a way of shaking off
the night’s hoodoo and engaging with
the world.
The first step is the hardest, the cold
floor, the shaky heart.
The kitchen will shine with fairy light.
The globe in the living room
glows like the forehead of morning.
And your book awaits you,
resting on the coffee table where you
placed it when you thought
you would never again fit in. You
reach out your hand and the book
opens to the page where
you became The Reader. The book says,
The day is opening like a melting cluster.
The body is as ready as a church.
And you head is free of webs, free of
sleep virus, and ready for sport.
It is ready for hortatory life, Bright One.

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