PEN Poetry Series
Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. Subscribe to the Poetry Series mailing list and have poems delivered to your e-mail as soon as they’re published. The series is currently edited by PEN America, along with guest editors Shane McCrae, Maggie Nelson, and C.D. Wright.
When I tell people about my impending trip, I try to avoid the word “Africa,” though I can’t explain why. I am struck by the timidity, the lack of specificity of the euphemism I adopt: “I got a grant to spend a month in Ethiopia,” I say. “Have you...Read More  »
so much carnage, joy en bloc / you were struck by scalding water // light without warmth // comfort without pleasure / heaven poured gasoline over // what does our distance mean? / the drive up Rt. 5 / waiting in work clothes // I’m sure you...Read More  »
Victor is used to draw the timeline of the mind, proving we / must keep the children inside our forest of words to take / them from evidence—a boy just asking without asking for / milk, making the world a glass we fill by speaking. Read More  »
On Monday, September 23, 2013, Sherman Alexie participated in a live conversation with PEN America and Director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom at the ALA, Barbara Jones. This conversation can be watched in its entirety here. Below we feature...Read More  »