Corey Mesler



The Best Cowboy

I dreamed I was the best cowboy in the
TV set. The blonde with the bassoon
took notes. She was the belle of the
belfry. She spelled my name the way the
angels will write it. I brodied through a
dust storm, wound up drunk and beautiful:
my eyes, my six gun, my improvised demise.


Corey Mesler has published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has published 8 novels, 4 short story collections, numerous chapbooks, and 4 full-length poetry collections. His new novel, Memphis Movie, is from Soft Skull 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 bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at