Timothy Pilgrim's poetry

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Welcome to Timothy Pilgrim's poetry!

Over 200 published and accepted Pilgrim poems are listed below.

Each of them -- accompanied by a Pilgrim photo -- can also be found at his new Web home:

Cut to the chase -- for Pilgrim poems you won't forget:
Pilgrim's most memorable poems (with photos)

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Pilgrim unpublished poetry

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Pilgrim's new, unpublished poetry

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Published poems 2012 - 2014

Airport security (Urban Resistance)
Arm bared (Three Line Poetry)
Anemone (Cirque)
Angle of repose (Thick with Conviction -- republished from Idaho's Poetry: A Centennial Anthology and Trestle Creek Review)
Breathing lesson (The Curious Record)
Breathing snow (Sue Boynton Poetry Contest winner, 2013)
Breathing snow (Thick With Conviction, republished from Sue Boynton Poetry Contest)

Cast away at Larrabee Beach (Labyrinth)
Centering(Farthermost Dream)
Chicken (Bellingham Herald, republished from Caper Literary Journal)
Choosing a nickname for Jesus (Electric Windmill Press)
Choppy water (Cirque)
Congratulations on your breast implants (Urban Reisistance)

Dashboard savior (Madswirl)
Destined to rhyme (Thick with Conviction -- republished from Trestle Creek Review)
Dweeb scarfs down yellow thing on a stick (Hobo Pancakes)
Faint memories of a beekeeper's daughther (Windfall)
Fire licks the canyon rim (Windfall)
Exhalation (Mastodon Dentist)
Expect no rescue from a Cyclops with delicate hands (Shadow Road Quarterly)
Exploding mosquitos (Poetry Quarterly)

Gerunds running down my leg (Trestle Creek Review)
Going south (Electric Windmill Press)
Grim reaper (Convergence: an online journal of poetry and art)
Head bowed, tweeting (Three Line Poetry)
Higgs Boson particle (Electric Windmill Press)
Hoarding (Electric Windmill Press)
Hope (Mastodon Dentist)

Invisible (Still Crazy)
Ken Burns effect (Poetry Quarterly)
The leaving (Convergence: an online journal of poetry & art)
Left for dead (Urban Resistance)
Life benedict (WWURA News)
Love that operates (Hobo Pancakes)

Martha's Cafe (Trestle Creek Review)
Mercy-killing marriage (Madswirl)
Minoan moment (Madswirl)
Not alone (The Curious Record)
On guard (Hobo Pancakes)
On my gravestone (Electric Windmill Press)
Oregon coast rainbow birthing (WWWURA NEWS)

Painting the soul (Cirque)
Pawnshop (Thick with Conviction -- republished from Jeopardy)
Pee hate (Bat Terrier)
Plotting romance (Kumquat Poetry Challenge)
Posse of angels (The Curious Record)
Quid pro quo(Farthermost Dream)

Red sky at night (Madswirl)
Reliving Vietnam at the Dillon, Montana, class reunion (Trestle Creek Review)
Reprise for hope (Tribute to Orpheus -- Kearney Street Books)
Rescue mission (Whatcom Magazine -- Bellingham Herald)
Six ounces late (Farthermost Dream)
Smudging (Whatcom Writes Anthology)
Smudging (Thick With Conviction, republished from Whatcom Writes Anthology)
Stick horses (Cirque)
SWAG (Urban Reisistance)

Table-side magic (Carnival Magazine)
The end (The Curious Record)
Things are well and going good (Public Republic)
300 streams of memory (Cirque)
Too fat to hang (Convergence: an online journal of poetry & art)
Tweet from the third pew (Hobo Pancakes)
Two dogs, one stick (The Curious Record)

Unknown cliches (Carnival Magazine)
Verbal agreement (The Curious Record)
Vow (Kumquat Poetry Challenge winner, 2013)
Warning (Electric Windmill Press)
Water birthing (Windfall)
Yes, yes, oh, yes (Madswirl)

Accidental dawn (Farthermost Dream)
Aftermath (Labyrinth)
Anemic epiphany (The Meadowland Review)
At the Aryan Nations cross burning (Poetrymagazine.com -- republished, different title, by Heavy Hands Ink)
At the Kootenai High School homecoming (Burnt Bridge)
At the Nez Perce camp with Spirit Woman(Poetrymagazine.com republished from Trestle Creek Review)
At White House Ruins (Poetrymagazine.com)
At the White Supremacist cross burning (Heavy Hands Ink -- republished, different title, by Poetrymagazine.com)

Bain Marie (Blinking Cursor)
Brush with godliness (The Curious Record)
Can you kill a priest with a 1-iron if you keep your head down? (Candidum)
Count ravens (Farthermost Dream)
Dark migration (Everyday Other Things)
Day of beckoning (Kumquat Poetry Challenge)
Doing nothing wrong and still losing (Cirque)

Gravity of the situation (The Curious Record)
Ice caving (Farthermost Dream)
I eat bitter hearts (thenumberfive -- also published on tumblr.com)
Imposing intelligence (Madswirl)
In my dream (Farthermost Dream)
Knives in ice (Madswirl)

Late call from Plato's cave (Blinking Cursor)
Missed connections (Mastodon Dentist)
Montana chicken-killing day (Windfall)
No more desert (Three Line Poetry)
Noose (Candidum)

Painting lesson (Sue Boynton Poetry Contest)
Picture please (Everyday Other Things)
Poem to name perfume after (Thick with Conviction)
Poem to scrape pelts by (Candidum)
Post-cuckold stress syndrome (Heavy Hands Ink)
Primary love, complementary colors (The Bellingham Herald)
Publishing in the New Yorker (Candidum)

Rafting with Fitzgerald (Candidum)
Seduced by metaphor (Poetrymagazine.com, republished from Jeopardy)
Seduced by metaphor (Thick with Conviction, republished from Jeopardy)
Seduced by metaphor (The Bellingham Herald (online edition), republished from Jeopardy)
Sponges (NitTwitts: A Collection of Twitter Length Poems)
Too much hope (The Curious Record)
Trek (Farthermost Dream)
Use two pillows, sleep fast (Madswirl)
Web mutiny (Farthermost Dream)
All quiet on the Iraqi front Apathy is Easy)
Bats at the hummingbird feeder (The Curious Record)
Chicken (Caper Literary Journal)
Deserted advice (Kumquat Poetry Challenge)
Editing your life (Labyrinth)
Eternal life (Poets for Living Waters)

Fencing in darkness (13 Miles from Cleveland)
Fragile X parent (Convergence: an online journal of poetry & art)
Gourmet (The Momo Reader)
Headboard (Heavy Hands Ink)
The heaped wheelbarrow (The Momo Reader)

If (The Tipton Poetry Journal)
I herded flies, Buzz, when I dyed (The Curious Record)
Ironing my face (The MoMo Reader)
John two sixteen (The MoMo Reader)
Late warning (Caper Literary Journal)
Letter found on a flash drive near the British Columbia border (Cirque)

Note on my windshield (The Curious Record)
Richter Scale (The Momo Reader)
Screw the pretentious poets (Apathy is Easy)
Slick -- to Exxon then and BP now (Poets for living Waters)
This being America, there were patriots present (The Curious Record)
Unknown cliches (Carnival Magazine)

2005 -2009
Cell phone dolor at Seatac airport(Jeopardy)
Deep end(My Favorite Bullet)
Defense for mailing panties back(Jeopardy)
Doing crank(Sqajet)
Financial planning session(The Curious Record)
Hear no evil (Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole by Blue Begonia Press -- also published earler by Jeopardy)

No design on the sky(Sqajet)
No way in(The Tipton Poetry Journal)
Plotting shadows from the chaos(Literary Chaos)
Redemption(The Curious Record)
Tending nuclear bombs(The Curious Record

Text message from the nursing home(Words-Myth: A Quarterly Poetry Journal)
Vacuuming your cat(Jeopardy)
Side effects may include(The Dirty Napkin)
Smoke follows beauty(Labyrinth)
Still the only bar in Dixon, Montana(Jeopardy)

2000 - 2004
Destined to rhyme(Trestle Creek Review)
Fresh graves in black sand(Bathyspheric Review)
Hear no evil (Jeopardy -- also published in 2005 in Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole anthology)
In which the romantic writes one last poem before having a beer(Jeopardy)
My only son(Bathyspheric Review)
Poet grants absolution to novelist(Jeopardy)
Sporadic barbarian(Jeopardy)

1995 - 1999
At the Nez Perce camp with Spirit Woman
Belly up
Burning to no
Death by chocolate
Goodbye to Dad
Poem not without sound bites
Seduced by metaphor

1989 - 1994
Catch-22 in Northern Idaho
Day after reading Raymond Carver's "Late Fragment"
If I should blow out
Instrument of surrender: Breaking off love at the Little Bighorn Battlefield
In which he blames her infidelity on a throw-away society

Ketchum, Idaho: At the Hemingway Memorial
Pondering divorce number two
Supposing he had been invited to the Donner party
To Exxon a year later

1983 - 1988
Angle of repose (also published in Idaho's Poets: A Centennial Anthology)
Birches: the father seeks absolution
Coeur d'Alene spring
Conspiracy of vegetarians
In which he accepts the feminist point of view
Late autumn run beside Lake Fernan

Pre-dawn vigil at Kootenai Medical Center (also published in Idaho's Poets: A Centennial Anthology)
Phoning from the ant farm aisle at City Pets
Poet's crossing at Pillar Point
Missoula, Montana rodeo: Cuddly Bear snares the Copenhagen beauty
Ruling out indictment
Student loan repayment time

Journals and anthologies that published Pilgrim's poems since 2000 are listed above after each poem -- Google those fine publications for a bevy of other super works. A list journals and anthologies publishing Pilgrim's earlier poems is at the bottom of the page.

The photo above is of Timothy Pilgrim and Carolyn Dale posing before Mount Baker near Bellingham, Wash.

Pilgrim's very early published poems -- also found at TimothyPilgrim.org
Pilgrim has poetry publications or acceptances by periodicals or anthologies (and newspapers) -- including these publications:
Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole (Blue Begonia Press); Idaho's Poetry: A Centennial Anthology (University of Idaho Press); Tribute to Orpeheus 2 (Kearney Street Books); Cirque; Public Republic; Poetry Quarterly; Candidum; The Meadowland Review; Shadow Road Quarterly; Carnival Magazine; Windfall; Words-Myth; Seattle Review; Trestle Creek Review; Jeopardy; Hobo Pancakes, My Favorite Bullet; The Curious Record; Still Crazy; Convergence; Literary Chaos; Caper Literary Journal; Heavy Hands Ink; Labyrinth; The Tipton Poetry Journal; Quaint Canoe; Farthermost Dream; The Dirty Napkin; Apathy is Easy; Poets for Living Waters; Bathyspheric Review; 13 Miles from Cleveland; Momo Review; Wescolite; Bellingham Herald; thenumberfive, Three Line Poetry, Thick with Conviction, Everyday Other Things, Urban Resistance, WWURA (Western Washington University Retirement Association) NEWS; Critical Perspectives on Accounting; SQJAET; Mastodon Dentist; Burnt Bridge; Blinking Cursor; Bat Terrier; Reflections; The Kumquat Challenge; Sue Boynton Poetry Contest (twice, once a Walk Award winner); National Poetry Anthology; Western Washington University Retirement News; and NitTwitts: A Collection of Twitter Length Poems. Some poems have been published in journals or newspapers -- and also in literary collections.

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Updated April 2014