PEN America Blog
The pirate is the child of the man. The child of the man tells a tale. The tale entails counting. Counting relies on natural numbers. Natural numbers do not include pi nor can they represent its value. The pirate does not know the value of pi.
In a year bloodied by violent attacks on expression, PEN will honor Tom Stoppard, Charlie Hebdo, and Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle.
On 21 March 2015, while people across the globe celebrate World Poetry Day, PEN will be directing public attention to the imprisonment, murder, and general harassment of poets, writers, and journalists around the world.
The flurry of each announcement at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards in February quickly snowballed into perhaps the most diverse awards list in the history of children’s literature.
But I was about to say / When Chance came and cut me down with his Wehrmacht / That I was present on the assembly floor / And accountable for this little industrial / Severance of a couple digits / Leaving me ninety-nine and forty-four hundredths / Clean.
"I do not think of myself as a writer, though I do write and often use the label for convenience: being a writer is much easier to explain than being a poet. Historically, “writers” have ascribed a set of responsibilities to themselves or committed allegiances that have always seemed disingenuous to me."