poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Joshua Marie Wilkinson is an American poet, editor, publisher, and filmmaker.
He was born on December 2, 1977, and raised in Haller Lake neighborhood, Seattle, Washington. His given name is Joshua Wilson; his grandmother's name was Marie Wilkinson, after whom he writes and publishes. He earned degrees in Poetry (M.F.A., University of Arizona), Film (M.A., University College Dublin), and English (PhD, University of Denver). He has also edited five anthologies[1] and directed a tour documentary of the band Califone with Solan Jensen released in 2011 by IndiePix.
His work appeared at PEN Poetry Series,Academy of American Poets,the Poetry Society of America, Boston Review, and Bomb. ... more »

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A Moth in the Projectorlight [excerpt]

Even if only in photographs—
a laundry truck, seconds after.
Phone in the apartment ringing
above the accident & a coroner
careful enough to stay speechless
until the wind picks up
& the passersby can smell simply
the blood, like fresh wood or
cut metal.


A boy of six cups his hands
around a wet moth
as he stands up
in the bathtub
releasing it to the mirrorlight.
Beige wingdust on his palm.


Yellow. The room is orange
& black also. Water
a whistle, draining in his mother's tub.


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