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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 a rotating group of guest editors. 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. Due to the extremely high volume of submissions we receive for the series, we are unable to respond to each individual submission, though you are welcome to follow up with us at [email protected] about your submission. 

from Embraces the carrion

In Istanbul, you say, they took the dogs from the streets / Brought them to islands. / Then they took down the oldest Roma neighborhood to build houses Byzantine… More

from Gates & Fields

And in yesteryears when days seemed long / A bell around her very neck / We were there saying come what you are / We were there saying More

Extremely Poor

Telling is a form of generosity, / Marías keeps repeating throughout his book // like a kind of tolling, and what I like about / the translation is the… More

Two Poems by Roberto Montes

This week in the PEN Poetry Series, PEN America features two poems by Roberto Montes.  The Estate Taxed I should have taken the amaranth soap From the rich prick's bathroom Should have mothered… More

Public Works

It was an election year. The switchboards flickered with stars in their / universe of calls. Of all places, a public park. The workers had begun / to dig,… More

Operation Haze

Yesterday I lost two lights / when I ripped the yellow ones / out / Now it’s just me / and a borrowed mile // I think the… More

Triumph

It is not the fire itself you smell in your wool coat. / The fire itself is no body, / no site for war. // The gall, the dread,… More

Dance

Turn your languid body / on the dark pond / for lack of wave or ripple, / as your whiteness fades / in the still water … More

Heel of My Hand

You are / to me / a big ‘how’ / (like no one / —they say— / asks a billionaire / why they made / 2 billion dollars /… More

from The Lake

An attempt was made. I told S that we are not / the sum total of our mistakes. I said it / as I believe I am the sum… More

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