My new poetry collection, The Catastrophe of my Personality (Blue Hour Books, $15), is available now at Burke’s. I would love to sign or inscribe copies for anyone who likes that sort of thing. If you tell me when you’ll be at the bookstore I’ll even try to be there. Out of towners can order theirs here: http://www.burkesbooks.com/shop/burkes/131245.html
I will be signing and reading from this collection May 1st, alongside my beautiful daughter, who did the distinctive cover art (see below). I hope to see some of you there.
Plugs for The Catastrophe of my Personality
“Corey Mesler’s spare, well-crafted poems guide us through such a range of emotions, from despair to humor, from loss to gladness, in moments of love, of self-awareness, where the interior life and the exterior world meet. We follow him as we follow a dear friend, in these poems which are both highly personal and artistically poised.”
John Bensko, author of The Waterman’s Children, and the Yale Series of Younger Poetry Award winning Green Soldiers
“Corey Mesler is that rare writer who defies labels. Neither academic or of the underground street variety. His work is as varied as it is strong. I have been lucky enough to know about Corey for a coon’s age, but am ashamed to say I hadn’t read him nearly enough. What can I say about a guy who mentions Tuesday Weld in his poetry? Just that “The Catastrophe of my Personality” is stunning in its honesty and its simplicity. It’s one of the best books you’re likely to read in any calendar year. I wish I had written it, because it deserves an audience as big as the heart that created it.”
—John Dorsey, Author of Tombstone Factory, Epic Rites Press, 2013.
“Mesler’s poems bear a family resemblance to the excellent poetry of Kay Ryan and Tim Suermondt but chances are you have not read poems exactly like his. Inimitable, sometimes surreal or synthetic (joining the possible with the impossible), never illogical but willing to take brave leaps, his poems are as individual as he is, original, engaging, goofy, and smart as blazes. Who else has noticed that a poem is a “shaky little pudding”?! And the nine-liner ‘Naming’ is one of many triumphs here.”
—Kelly Cherry, author of The Life and Death of Poetry: Poems
“In one of his long series, Odysseus Elytis capitalizes this slogan: “One ‘Makes’ The Truth Exactly As One Makes The Lie.” The Catastrophe of my Personality is Mesler’s plainspoken love letter to the world. It values the fragility of everything we make—a love, a fear, a lie, a house, a poem. It knows that our longing to create is both ravenous treasure and terrifying cancer. Each poem is a momentary stay against loss and change, and Mesler knows there is more to life than poetry making. This book urges us to seize the ephemeral in our constructions and admit to the ephemeral beyond them.”
—Richard Lyons, author of Hours of the Cardinal