Lesley LeRoux was born in Newfoundland but spent most of her life in Ottawa, Ontario. She has previously won awards in short fiction and essay-writing from Carleton University, where she studies journalism, and was a student of the Literary Arts program at Canterbury High School. Her work has also been published in Canadian Geographic and The Telegram newspaper in St. John’s.
Believe what they tell you
Ronnie, not Christopher
Walken. What you know now is different, images
of this – age seven, mulling book titles, never made it past the first
pages and apostrophes held, your bare chest. Cheshire in the tree, smiling
that way. Come away from the car door.
Lips on lips,
let hands hold you, the movies
McAdams laid down, bare calves on a sopping street.