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PEN American Center

May 20, 15

Information doesn’t need to be true / to grow itself in your body like a peach / & be given as food to whoever, much later / What the world is / is making currency / from an ever-expanding meaningfulness / that carries no weight Read More  »

May 13, 15

u daughter of geechee gods / u femme no longer loving / the butch on top of her, u queer / my nickel plated heaven: / boys with breasts / & moustache / girls with hips / & apple Read More  »

May 6, 15

Somewhere in the world / There will always be a candle to light / A fire to put out / A flood to stem / A drought to fight / An earthquake / A group of Kenyan students massacred by terrorists Read More  »

May 6, 15

Bless the woman, man, & child / who honor Earth by opening shine / in the soil—the splayed hour Read More  »

May 6, 15

O Justice! Bring down your Hammer / Smash the system built on slavery / Let your thunder bring wonder / Let our country be the place it wants to be Read More  »

May 6, 15

I’m not trying to reach some divine / ear. Imagine. Where once / was mercy trash now crunches / like leaves under stars / if only there were still stars. Read More  »

May 6, 15

something’s about to be sawed / in the narrow stone alley between / the church convent and our bordering bed / of Double Late tulips opening / now too wide to go on living. Read More  »

April 30, 15

Tearfully, we bid farewell to poetry series guest editors Robert Fernandez, Heather Christle, and Cathy Park Hong, who have worked tirelessly over the past year to feature work from some of the most thrilling poets writing today. Read More  »

April 29, 15

Not too many jokes, and even worse, / the ones that do come up won’t be so funny, more like / saltines, welcome when there’s nothing else around. / When it’s over, you won’t be any richer. / The English language will endure this poem. / Enough with...Read More  »

April 23, 15

We / blown away, like sawdust / into an enlightened enlistment of love, / a love needless of reason, / transcending / race & personality & education. Read More  »