My World and Welcome to It


In one Twilight Zone

a couple find themselves

in a faux world:

faux tree, sawdust squirrel,

empty buildings. Turns

out it’s a doll house

and they are prisoners of

a giant child. I did

not need this denouement.

I don’t expect the world

to live for me, the

tree to make syrup, the

neighbors to be available

in my solitude. I am free

from the fear of giant

rulers. I am carefree in

this world of hollow props

and inanimate wildlife. On the

way home I kick over a policeman.



Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, and New Stories from the South. He has published 9 novels, 4 short story collections, 5 full-length poetry collections, and a dozen chapbooks. With his wife he runs Burke’s Book store. He can be found at

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