One of My Mother’s Friends


One of my mother’s friends,

prior to her brain surgery,

which she would later

relate in full detail,

apparently, fucked my older

brother. Or so the story

passed into family lore. My

mother’s versions of things

were sometimes pear-shaped

and not to be trusted. My-

self, I longed for such

dangerous couplings, older

women, the wives of

senators and priests, nights

in my room, lit only

by the television horror movie

and the glow of my angry heart.

Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Esquire/Narrative4 Project and Good Poems, American Places (Viking Press, 2011). He has published six novels and three books of short stories. He has also published over a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He can be found at