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Brittany Murphy

Corey Mesler

Yesterday Brittany Murphy died;
the coroner released a statement
saying she died of natural causes.
She was 32.
I watched just about any movie
she was in because she
was sexy-cute. She made a lot of
bad movies so this took some
perseverance on my part.
Now she is gone. No more bad
movies, no more sexy-cute.
And, in the next few days, when
they release the real cause
of death, we will shake our heads
and mutter. We will say,
she was so young. We are all that
young. We are all in a
movie that ends badly. Yesterday,
Brittany Murphy died.
Today is winter solstice, a day so
short it goes by without our notice.

About the author

COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published four novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010) and Following Richard Brautigan (2010), a full length poetry collection, Some Identity Problems (2008), and a book of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009). He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He also claims to have written, "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport." With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at He also spent an hour and a half with Michael Jackson and his then wife Lisa-Marie and their entourage in his very own bookstore. But dearer to his heart was Gene Hackman's visit. He did indeed love Brittany Murphy and her death still makes him sad.