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. 

Division Day

Division occurs when we exit with or / without intention one ruthless enclosure / for another. As when I exit your kitchen / every Sunday after you have painted… More

Three Poems by Zachary Pace

Thousands of trees—each an individual (also belonging / to a genus, family, order, class, division, kingdom)— / surrounded you & me earlier today as we discussed / the insidious,… More

Two Poems by Billy Cancel

we debuted the apple / blossom 2-step around bug house square didn’t / know if it was brazil or christmas       spoke a language of / deconstruction… More

Monochords

The heroes pissed on the corner of the street under the thin moon. // He shouted loudly so we’d forget how for years he’d said nothing. More

We’re Your Parents

I dream of my babies becoming Marco Rubio and Obamacare. / I slap my son’s face when gene deletion affects his pronunciation. // When I smell perfume, I call… More

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