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Pilgrim published poetry

 

All of Timothy Pilgrim's published and accepted poems -- 256 of them, each accompanied by a Pilgrim photo -- are linked below.

Pilgrim poems -- 2015 includes recently published or accepted ones (of 23 so far this year), such as "Traitor Joe," "Packing tattoos," "Lucky," "Lie at a slow pace," "Mourning becomes eclectic," "Gettysburg tweet," "Hooking black sky," "Bellingham limerick," "Reciting night sky" and "Bituminous nightmare." 

Under 2013 and 2014, give a read to poems such as "One-mime town," "Breathing snow," "Chicken," "Choppy water," "Gerunds running down my leg," "Smudging," "Ken Burns effect," "Too much gossamer," "Gestapo glaciers," "Zigzag mowing" or "Water birthing."

Under 2011-12, try poems like "300 streams of memory," "Painting lesson," "Missed connections" or "Two dogs, one stick." 

Earlier poems like "Vacuuming your cat" or "Destined to rhyme" or "Seduced by metaphor" or "Angle of repose" -- even Pilgrim's first poem, "The woods near our home" -- are good bets too.

 

 

Pilgrim sample poem -- 2015

 

Fluke

We sleep molded, spooned in peace,
me behind, arm draped over side, 

 

hand by breast, no longer locked,
damp, intense, sheets mussed,

 

lips pressed. Now, eyes closed, 
each breath's easy flow, dream --

 

fortuitous love, happenstance,
magic, luck, fluke, like lying

 

amid jasmine, a whole field 
swaying gold, then by chance, you,

 

lithe guide, opening a slim path
for me to slip through.

                             Timothy Pilgrim

   (published by Poetry Quarterly, 2015)

 

(copyrighted Carolyn Dale photo: Timothy Pilgrim on Blackcomb Mountain, B.C.)