Most of the writing that goes into this magazine is produced on Tuesday mornings, at the weekly meeting of the Black Seed Writers Group; some of it reaches us by other means. Brother Roland Cantwell, Dorchester visionary and self-described “senior-in-exile,” has been contributing to The Pilgrim via the US mail for five years. Despite having never manifested physically in our space, he is a member (with honors) of the Black Seed Writers Group and a pillar of this publication. The unpunctuated rush of his verse, chiming and half-rhyming and buzzing with emotion, is immediate and inimitable. Choosing which of his poems to run this month was difficult: When is it going to end/ One last good friend/ A swig a drag a taste/Save me a corner of that pint/ A last kiss on the face/ Give me a blissful ragtime... These lines are from a poem called “When.” In the end, however, it was “Hey You Bastard” (page 6) that proved irresistible.
With this month’s Pilgrim, our 44 th issue, we go steaming into late summer. Look out for Gizzmo’s “Twice I Lost My Heart And Mind” (also contributed by mail.) We welcome to our pages Nick, Shaun, Tommy, Salar, Diana Paglia, Jason Moore, Eric L., Dustin, Preston Ruel-Beaudoin and Lisa Marie Jenkins.