I Awake

I awake in a tired country
and outside my window
the reconstruction
disturbs my peace. I live
in lines, I write once,
and then cross it out. I lie.
But I cannot write on
the paper that I lie. Nor
can I hear you call me home.


Corey Mesler has published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has published 8 novels, 4 short story collections, numerous chapbooks, and 4 full-length poetry collections. He’s been nominated for many Pushcarts, and 2 of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he runs a bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at https://coreymesler.wordpress.com.


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