We Wanted to Write the Poem by Corey Mesler

Illustration by W. Jack Savage

“Everything that happens where we live happens in us. Everything that ceases in what we see ceases in us.”

–Fernando Pessoa


We wanted to write
the poem of the change.
We wanted to document
it with blood.
Someone wanted a leader.
Someone wanted to go
on alone. Someone
wanted a lover and thought
that the poem could deliver.
We rattled along
for as long as the idea of
the poem stayed active.
Naturally we feared the end.
We knew to be wordless
was the penultimate devastation.

About the Author

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COREY MESLER has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has published 8 novels, 4 short story collections, and 5 full-length poetry collections. His new novel, Memphis Movie, is from Counterpoint Press. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart many times, and 2 of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he runs a 145 year-old bookstore in Memphis. He can be found on his website and his Facebook page.

“The poem, adds the editorial we to the private and often lonely business of poem construction, as if it were a town project, as if it took a village to write a poem.”

About the Illustrator

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W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over seven-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

We wanted to write the poem is one of the many amazing submissions we have received so far for the second edition of the literary collection The Machinery. To submit for The Machinery-Second edition, you can go here.

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3 thoughts on “We Wanted to Write the Poem by Corey Mesler

  1. I understand this poem all too well. My thought were expressed by C.M. better than I could have expressed them myself. It’s a little disconcerting to say the least.

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