by Alex Boyd

Born in the Michigan School Moderator, 1885,
I looked for thin pipes of intellect, and
I want it known: I was red. Imagined over
and over, I was able to spread. I can be found
in the white parts of every page, and lying
on my back where the slim cuttings of sun warm
any book. I'm in records of family history, a little
tin box with newspaper headlines. The lazy dog
was given no action. It was once I jumped
over him, every other pen and typewriter key
punching out our sentence was echo. Still,
I vaguely remember his wide-eyed, hopeless
expression from the moment I looked back.
Once, I flashed through deep blinding pages
and returned, but there was nothing to be found.

Alex Boyd


Alex Boyd has written for publications such as The Globe and Mail and Taddle Creek magazine. He helped establish Best Canadian Essays, co-editing the first two collections of work selected from Canadian magazines.  His poetry collections are Making Bones Walk (2007) winner of the Gerald Lampert Award, and more recently The Least Important Man (2012).  In 2018 his first novel was published: Army of the Brave and Accidental, described by Canadian Notes & Queries as “timely, original and profound.”