Alexander Joseph

You, in the Margins

You are the grocery list
Scribbled in the margin
Of a love poem
That I ripped from a library book
That’s to say
You are full of things
I need


Alexander Joseph is a chimney sweep and carpenter, and every evening, with a sore back, hands that never seem to be fully clean, and a pilot g-2 number 7 gel pen, he writes fiction and poetry. His work has been published in the anthology Stories that Need to Be Told by Tulip Tree Press, Lotus Eater Magazine and in the 13th and 14th volumes of Clover: A Literary Rag. He received honorable mention for his short story “A Parting Note” in Glimmer Train’s March/April 2017 short story contest and his short story titled “Breakfast” received honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s May/June 2017 short story contest. He is currently applying to MFA programs and searching for land in the mountains outside Boulder, Colorado on which to build a cabin.