In a post-Trump world, Billy Kos, occasional poet, uneasy lover, and pot salesman, meets Kalma Voyles, a student and teacher. Billy believes she is the woman of his dreams, and his dreams are made of the usual surrealism and lust. It's your typical boy-meets-girl, boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl, something-goes-horribly-wrong-with-the-time-machine story. Billy's courtship, marriage, and ensuing distress, bring him to the edge of himself. In Memphis, in this near-future, in this country marginally changed, where prejudice and misogyny have returned to daily life, Billy Kos loses more than his heart. He loses his home. He loses his world. Camel's Bastard Son is a Vonnegutian journey into love and the unknown. It's about change and adjustment to change, the kind of change that happens like a seep, and the kind that happens like idiot lightning.
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 nine novels, four short story collections, five full-length poetry collections, and a dozen chapbooks. His novel, Memphis Movie, attracted kind words from Ann Beattie, Peter Coyote, and William Hjorstberg, among others. He's been nominated for the Pushcart many times, and three of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. He also wrote the screenplay for We Go On, which won The Memphis Film Prize in 2017. With his wife he runs a 144 year-old bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at https://coreymesler.wordpress.com.