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. 

Explorer

This poem is a whiteout erasure of the newspaper article “EXPLORER VERNER HOME WITH AFRICAN CURIOS; Brings Mr. Otabenga, a Dwarf, to Act as His Valet” published by the… More

Two Poems by Mia Kang

Rome made a deal / with the surrounding areas. / Let’s be friends, said Rome. / What is friends, said the world. // An engineering feat, said the city.… More

Miscarriage

So mom I came out / with a wallop / and was ready to live / covered in the rubies / you made / You looked at me /… More

from The Blue

a body hard as rock / I am occupied // with the visible // rock as soft as a body / both hurt // that’s why she can’t touch… More

Oakland, Cal.

The horses go running through my mind. My student says / She wouldn’t believe police if they told her the sky is blue. More

The Transformation

In deeper waters / were hairtail, and cuttlefish. Hairtail were called knife fish / in my language. If you’re shipwrecked, some say, / knife fish are the first… More

from Airstrip Falconry

my brother died that day / already at twenty-three / past highway 7 if wishing what / he’d stay for wasn’t me / wasn’t someone else // the smell… More

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