In and Out of Place

in and out of placeAnother new year, they tell me. Trees laden with drippings, Pollock oaks. I venture onto the carpeted lawn with only a number two pencil. My neighbor with great legs beckons from her porch—she has a place of heat but no light. She wants me to invest that place with significance. Nights I hear her mewing.

Someday, and it can’t come too soon, I will pack up my cassettes and head to the unknown palaces of sin, where flows the river of need. I have the children’s wishes to guide me; I only have to reinvent myself along their lies.


Corey Mesler‘s new novel, Memphis Movie, is from Counterpoint Press. Two of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he runs a bookstore in Memphis. For more, see his website.

Photo credit: Norio Nomura

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