lightly in the dark,
acorns underfoot, the
place where Scratch left
trip you. You
little faith do not ask me
the night holds
snares: the night holds
snares. If you
get up from your dreaming
asking that you be
my last love,
foolish seeker of truth.
the size of a hummingbird
rattles around inside
our small bathroom,
painted long ago by my wife,
in Caribbean colors.
It is unwelcome here.
Our daughter rightly assumes
it is a corruption.
I try to catch it in my unlocked hand
but my fingers will
not close around its
noisome hysterical flight.
We all retire into the living room
to relax. The
creature does what
it wails and wails into the open void.
Mesler has published prose and/or poetry
in Paumanok Review, Monday Night, The American Drivel Review,
Poet Lore, Rattle, Dicey Brown, In Posse Review, Cranky, Reverb,
StorySouth, Canopic Jar, Juked, Pindeldyboz, Mitochondria, Mars
Hill Review, 13th Warrior Review, Monkeybicycle, Arkansas Review,
Stirring, Red River Review, Center, Small Press Review, Jabberwock
Review, Orchid, Quick Fiction, Timber Creek Review, Hobart, Poetry
Motel, Bullfight, Potomac Review, Big Muddy, Slant, Texas Poetry
Review, Drought, Rockhurst Review, Wavelength, Lilliput Review,
Pearl, Ducts, Lucid Moon, Sunny Outside, Fish Drum, Into the Teeth
of the Wind, Mid-American Poetry Review, Midday Moon, Turnrow,
Dust, Cherotic Revolutionary, Cotyledon, Buckle &, Iodine,
Snakeskin (England), The Melic Review, Freewheelin (England),
Pitchfork, Spillway, Thema, Kumquat Meringue, Lonzies Fried
Chicken, Electric Acorn (Dublin), Gin Bender, Blue Unicorn, Black
Dirt, The Spirit that Moves Us, Wind, Red Rock Review, BlazeVox,
Concrete Wolf, Memphis Magazine, Rhino, Visions International,
others. He has work in the anthologies Full Court: A Literary
Anthology of Basketball (Breakaway Books), Pocket Parenting Poetry
Guide (Pudding Press), Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure
(New World Press) and Smashing Icons (Curious Rooms).
has a chapbook of poems, Piecework, from the Wing
and a Wheel Press. He won the Moonfire Poetry Chapbook Competition
2003 and his chapbook, Chin-Chin in Eden, was published
by Still Waters Press. Another chapbook, Dark on Purpose,
is just out from Little Poem Press. And another, The Heart
is Open, is due from Mayapple Press in 2005.
of his short stories was chosen for the 2002 edition of New
Stories from the South: The Years Best, edited by
novel-in-dialogue, Talk, was published by Livingston
Press in 2002, with raves from Lee Smith, Robert Olen Butler,
Steve Stern, Debra Spark, Suzanne Kingsbury, Frederick Barthelme
and John Grisham. Read about Talk.
forthcoming novel, We are Billion-Year-Old Carbon,
is also from Livingston Press.
has been a book reviewer (for The Commercial Appeal, BookPage,
The Memphis Flyer), fiction editor, university press sales rep,
grant committee judge, father and son. With his wife he owns Burkes
Book Store, one of the countrys oldest (1875) and
best independent bookstores.