The Submission Process
I would like to submit the enclosed
body part. It is the latest thing
I have excised in my stated goal of
reaching total spirit. I hope
you can find a place for it in your
esteemed publication. If not
I have enclosed an envelope addressed
to another quarterly. Please
forward it to them with this note. I
am humbly yours, if not so
else’s, for now, Jackpot Adamson.
The Marriage of ----
I pick a poser in return.
A canarous voice can wake
the simplest dog. I ask
you for your hand and you
back. This goes on for
years until we are shiny like
a new bike. I take the bike
out for a spin. You wait
bouquet of sharpened forks.
B. B. King’s Bus
We all wanted to get on B. B. King’s bus.
We heard that once on, in essence,
you were never off.
We all wanted that special mojo, though
some of us feared the term.
When it first pulled out of
on the long road through
the Delta to Oz and further,
we glanced at each other. Was it obvious
who was a first-ti
It didn’t matter. All we cared about was
that we were on B. B. King’s bus.
We were rolling down the serpentine
sun on our windshield and God
in the complex geo
The rest is just a good man feeling bad.
Jody by The Dodos
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). His first full length poetry collection, Some Identity Problems, has just been released. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and one of his poems was chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He has two children, Toby, age 19, and Chloe, age 12. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He also claims to have written “These Boots are Made for Walking.” For more information please visit his website.
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