Before the Great Troubling Release

Press Release from Burke’s Bookstore:


April 18, 2011

Before the Great Troubling We are pleased to announce the release of Burke’s owner Corey Mesler’s new full-length poetry book, Before the Great Troubling ($16.00, Unbound Content).

“Corey Mesler is a Memphis treasure— a gaudily gifted poet-fabulist, he’s our master of the surreal lyric, our River City Rimbaud, the Charles Simic of the Southland.  His poems have wit and soul and refuse to play by any rules save their own.   Open the pages of Before the Great Troubling and this wily book will lie, cheat, and steal its way into the pocketbook of your affections.”

–Bobby Rogers, author of Paper Anniversary

Also, Corey has a poem in the new Garrison Keillor anthology, Good Poems, American Places ($28.95, Viking Press). Alongside poems by Robert Bly, William Carlos Williams, Raymond Carver, Sharon Olds, John Updike, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and others, is Corey’s prose poem, “Sweet Annie Divine.”

“Poetry is a record of the life around us and in us, and you’ll get a better idea from poetry what it was like to be alive in 2011 than you will from the New York Times.”

–Garrison Keillor

Both books can be ordered signed or inscribed at

If there are any questions concerning these publications, please contact Cheryl Mesler at 901-278-7484.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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