Corey Mesler, “Suicides We Thought We Needed”

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Suicides We Thought We Needed

Out of the bug-thick darkness,
out of our cradle,
endlessly endless, out of the
rings we draw, the
water we rise from, out of
the terrible swamps
of emotion, out of time, out of
the night’s last wail,
we move on. We move on and
we raise new flags, be-
cause we believe, because we
believe that danger, ah, is still sexy.


Corey Mesler has published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has published eight novels, four short story collections, numerous chapbooks, and five full-length poetry collections. His new novel, Memphis Movie, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press. He’s been nominated for many Pushcarts, and two 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


2 thoughts on “Corey Mesler, “Suicides We Thought We Needed”

  1. Wonderful. I love how you bring Whitman in, and that last line…bam! Well done, sir. I look forward to reading more.


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