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Kevin Pilkington

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Kevin Pilkington

Kevin Pilkington is the author of The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York, New York. 

by this poet


A woman walks by the bench I’m sitting on
with her dog that looks part Lab, part Buick,
stops and asks if I would like to dance.
I smile, tell her of course I do. We decide
on a waltz that she begins to hum.

We spin and sway across the street in between
parked cars and I can tell she


Once I undressed a tree,
got a splinter in my thumb
and decided that was it
for one night stands.

The woman next door who
dresses in clothes that make her
look like the English countryside
keeps yelling at her son
about being spoiled.

I wish I could help him,