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. 

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

Last Poem

Because every poem kills itself / Because we kill ourselves in poems / Because death is inevitable and poetry is merely impossible More

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

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