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Pilgrim published poetry


All of Timothy Pilgrim's published and accepted poems -- more than 240 of them, each accompanied by a Pilgrim photo -- are linked below.

Under 2015, the most recently accepted -- a dozen so far this year -- are "Salt over the left shoulder," "Letter from the Wolong Reserve" and "It's not nothing."

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 photo by Carolyn Dale: Timothy Pilgrim and gray jays, Blackcomb Mountain, B.C.)