The Poem is Over
by Corey Mesler

The poem is over, its day come and gone. This announcement is to comfort the reader, the dying reader. The poem is over and its place in the scheme of things cemented over, its absence no longer noticeable. Forgive the impersonal nature of this disclosure. It's important that we reach as many people as possible. Keep your chins up in these latter post-poem days. Look forward to the next thing. The next thing will come in a blinding flash. We will love the next thing more than we ever loved the poem. This is just. This is the way we carry on, when we must carry on.

Corey Mesler has published two novels, Talk and We are Billion-Year-Old-Carbon, and numerous chapbooks. He and his wife own Burke's Book Store in Memphis, Tennessee.