I think of you tonight, my Beats
I think of you tonight, my Beats,
and I am grateful.
I walked the narrow lanes of
Academia and never
felt at home. There were men
and women in the flowerbeds,
their heads full of theorems
and poems. There were
teachers who could lift their
own weight in prose.
I was lonely. I was too loose.
I was a lad from the faraway
country of Smarting. But I had you
as so many before me. I had
you and I knew secret things.
I could count on you like a percussion.
And now I want to say: I love you.
If not for you, what? I want to say.
If Allen Ginsberg did not exist
it would be necessary to invent him.
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 25 books of fiction and poetry. His newest novel, The Diminishment of Charlie Cain, is from Livingston Press. 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.