The Beatles once, poetry by Corey Mesler

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

jerrybuilt dreams.




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.

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