The Wolf Hungry For Connection

by Corey Mesler

The wolf hesitated before he knocked.
His reputation, while
perhaps warranted, was
an onerous burden. Who would believe
he was just visiting,
just looking for a chat?
The wolf looked over his shoulder and
there were neighbors
gawking. He was used to this.
He didn't even bother to explain. He
didn't tell anyone that all he
wanted to do, mostly, was chew the fat.

Corey Mesler is the owner of Burke's Book Store, in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals including Rattle, Pindeldyboz, Quick Fiction, American Poetry Journal, Thema, Mars Hill Review, Adirondack Review, Poet Lore and others. He has also been a book reviewer for The Memphis Commercial Appeal and Memphis Flyer. A short story of his was chosen for the 2002 edition of New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. Talk, his first novel, appeared in 2002. Nice blurbs from Lee Smith, John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Frederick Barthelme, and others. His 2nd novel, We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, came out in January 2006. It garnered praise from George Singleton, Marshall Chapman, Steve Stern and others. His latest poetry chapbooks are Short Story and Other Short Stories (2006), The Hole in Sleep (2006), The AgoraphobeÂ’s Pandiculations (2006), and The Chloe Poems (2007). His poem, “Sweet Annie Divine,” was chosen for Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. His first full-length collection of poetry, Some Identity Problems, is due out in 2007. He also claims to have written “Gitarzan.” Most importantly, he is Toby and Chloe’s dad and Cheryl’s husband. He can be found at

He says: Oh, and my favorite fruit is: the lowly date.

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