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The Deal

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Fiction
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They took away my hands and gave me gloves.
Then they said: “Make something of yourself.”

–George Such

George Such is an English graduate student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.  In a previous incarnation he was a chiropractor for 27 years in eastern Washington.  Besides reading and writing, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling, especially to India and Southeast Asia. His poetry has been published in Arroyo Literary Review, Blue Earth Review, Cold Mountain Review, Dislocate, and many other journals.

I sleep cold at low tide,
back to a naked beach

opening herself to the Pacific.
I own no Nook, cell phone, boat,

wear old jeans, rag coat —
sift trash, eat molded cheese,

ketchup packs from burger sacks,
fallen fruit off condo trees.

I text my name in water, on sand,
under a moonless sky, pee hate

through the graveyard gate
when headstones tug at my thighs.

— Timothy Pilgrim

Timothy Pilgrim, a Montanan and journalism professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, is a Pacific Northwest poet with over 130 published poems. His work has found a home at journals such as Seattle Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Windfall and Meadowland Review, as well as anthologies such as “Idaho’s poets: A Centennial Anthology” (University of Idaho Press). Google him or go to timothypilgrim.org.