The Beatles once sought to buy an island,
a place to be just Beatles.
They shopped. In the end it came to
nothing and they went home and
recorded Revolver. I still like to think
about that island: its colorful hotdog
stand, its church full of dancers, its
electronic wonderwall, and its
resplendent army of happy engineers
and trombonists, of curanderos,
wantwits, and mooks, and people just
like you and me, O, in our fierce and
COREY MESLER has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and New Stories from the South. He has published over 20 books of fiction and poetry. His newest novel, Camel’s Bastard Son, is from Cabal Books. He also wrote the screenplay for We Go On, which won The Memphis Film Prize in 2017. With his wife he runs Burke’s Book Store (est. 1875) in Memphis.