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. 

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

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

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