Saxophone (With Sex Paramnesia) by Corey Mesler

“Solo saxophone
weaves rain into night”
– Bei Dao

Listening to Gato Barbieri,
while outside the night
is as still as Old Chaos.

There was a time, there was
a woman, a bed where
we coincided, once, once
upon that disordered time.

Now this music brings it back,
sets it on my lap, where
only yesterday, love in its
wild irresponsibility, visited.

Corey Mesler has been a book reviewer, fiction editor, university press sales rep, grant committee judge, father and son. With his wife he owns Burke’s Book Store, one of the US’s oldest independent bookstores. He has published prose and poetry in such diverse publications as Re)verb, Mitochondria, Monkeybicycle, Arkansas Review, Potomac Review, Slant, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Mid-American Poetry Review and Red Rock Review. His novel, We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, is from Livingston Press.