Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Morning Design

Corey Mesler

Everyone’s a poet
at five a.m.
You can see them moving
about in the yellow
light of their kitchens,
setting things
on the stove, patting the dog,
doing the close-in
work required to get
the sound right, the conjunction
of words that
will start the day, the way
a romance once
started, with just a glance, just
that utterly dicey click.


Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. His novel, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue, was released in 2002. His second novel, We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon came out in 2006. He has been nominated for a Pushcart numerous times, and one of his poems was chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He published 6 chapbooks in 2006. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN.

© Corey Mesler

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