> LESIA AND I DELIBERATE | corey mesler

Lesia sends me a block of prose
that fogs my glasses.
I send her back some conversation,
a loose bit of back and forth.
This is friendship, accord.
The bell rings and we both look up.
Class stalls. We attend anyway.
Lesia stands with her bookbag cocked
on her womanly hip. I try
to feign disinterest. Suddenly the
lines open up with a burst
of tête-à-tête. We both know what
this means. We have to
start over in our earnest, human affinity.
Lesia sends me a warm mitten. I
send her back my last exonumia.

> BIOGRAPHY | about the author

Corey Mesler has published work in Turnrow, Paumanok Review, Yankee Pot Roast, Monday Night, Elimae, H_NGM_N, The American Drivel Review, and numerous others. His novel-in-dialogue, Talk, was published by Livingston Press in 2002. Raves from Lee Smith, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Stern, Debra Spark, Suzanne Kingsbury, Frederick Barthelme and John Grisham. His new novel, We are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, is also from Livingston Press. With his wife, he owns Burke's Book Store. He can be found WEBSITE.