corey mesler



All Your Links are Broken


Itís how we talk online.

Before the internet

where were we?

What, at that time,

did disconnected mean?

Now, we reach out

a finger. And we touch,

just like that. Itís the kind

of satisfaction we had

been seeking, even

as we crawled from our

caves. Itís the idea

that other people

are out there, that other

people use words

like patulous and erotica

and creativity, just like us.

To almost mean

the same thing.

Now, the site I used to

settle on is down.

Itís how we talk online

and by it mean that

what was once so solid

is now virtually useless.

Still, I can email you.

I can say, talk to me, play

with me, use the words

weíve learned down and

down the ages. Use the

words to get us through this,

the ones that cohere,

that sting, that turn around

like a lost friend.

Itís how we talk online

We say letís exchange links.

Letís stay awake all night.

We say soon I will send you

my new address on hotmail.

Trust me, Iím still here.







COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published four novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010) and Following Richard Brautigan (2010), a full length poetry collection, Some Identity Problems (2008), and a book of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009). He has also published 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 Keillorís Writerís Almanac. He also claims to have written, ďYou Light up my Life.Ē  With his wife, he runs Burkeís Book Store, one of the countryís oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at


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