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PEN Poetry Series

Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. The series is edited by Danniel Schoonebeek, along with guest editors TC Tolbert, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Brian Blanchfield. Subscribe to the PEN Poetry Series mailing list and have poems delivered to your email as soon as they're published. Submissions are currently closed, but please feel free to familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines. Our current response time is about 3-6 months. Please follow up with [email protected] if you haven't heard from us after six months. 

November 25, 15

They had struck gold; they had won the right to be forgotten. The ticket granted them that. All they had to do was sign on the dotted line and then disappear into the sunset, onto the horizon, around the corner, into the mist, over the rainbow,...Read More  »

November 18, 15

"Harris's liberatory poetics move between text on the page, visual meanings, and sound meanings. It is in the last category where the poems chosen this month live, where they vibrate into the throat of what cannot otherwise be spoken." Read More  »

November 11, 15

this day was meant for something else / burn the barn / horses hate them / fuck the barn / fuck the rancher and his barbed wire / shake and shake and shake and shake / shake until memory of the saddle is off Read More  »

November 4, 15

An experiment called soon / I’ll fall asleep in your pick-up / beyond the near grey mountains / smiling up at the moon and / here’s one called the park is vanishing / what I am trying to say is Read More  »

October 28, 15

I remember the breeze right before… / Burs of—was it willow—slant-falling. / The gray sidewalk, schist granules, scattering. / A brown dumpster lid smushing its green plastic, sandwich meat. / A rat made its debut, but for a moment. Read More  »

October 21, 15

tree we imagine in memory of the slave who preferred / 200 lashes instead of fulmination / live blood running down the trunk instead of latex in the thorax / in pelourinho nothing grows & a child spirit offers popcorn Read More  »

October 14, 15

rupert and his mother / one such family / wearing hair in dread / locks  furious / fear / he will be killed / young white woman / falling apart / deeply   spirit woman / aturday in august / the day of / thomas duchenne and sandra chang (san dee) Read More  »

October 7, 15

You / in the ropes / in the black ropes / shining // Come, / king, / take up / your instrument. Read More  »

October 5, 15

Grandmother’s story before it’s forgotten: her parents die young, / father first. When the widow realizes the illness will take her too, / she walks from house to house, sails from island to island / with her daughter. “Who will take care of Maria...Read More  »

October 1, 15

I uncover here a responsibility I feel—to attempt disinhibition, to include affective knowledge, to be inside the body, to report from a place of personal discomfort or unease. Ursula LeGuin says in coming years we’re going to need writers who can...Read More  »