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PEN America Blog

July 27, 2016

. . . Imagine me, for a few seconds, during my various wanderings, like a visionary, or like a preposterous butterfly hunter, busy following these grim railroad tracks, and, every few meters, setting off these sodic explosions so as to detect, in the nighttime landscape in fusion, the strongest concentrations of thoughts, disentangling them, photographing them, then magnifying them, and recognizing his turns of phrase (the thoughts preceding his death already had a literary shape, they were all oriented toward this dream of a novel) and then setting them in the silence of the library where I worked and where I returned every night, because it was the only place large enough to be able to welcome all the loot I poured out, and which came back together into long strips of sentences repeatedly interrupted, stuck together, and then undone.

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July 21, 2016

I haven’t yet begun to use metaphors. / It’s still raining. I don’t use metaphors. / My heart is black and quiet. / My heart has not yet begun to beat. // the horror / the horror

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July 19, 2016

Stephen Graham Jones is many things, among them an incredible writer and story teller, as well as a Blackfeet Indian. The momentum of his prose drags you through the aches and loves and nights and violences and hilarity and trash and so many cars and hungers of his characters’ complicated hearts.

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July 13, 2016

ninety thousand children crossing the border in the last three years what thirst what listening what refuge what desert harbor what desert keeps at bay what keens what dims what signals we cannot read what enforcement what filament what unmoved substrata what bleeds

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July 6, 2016

Uncomfortable in a hospital gown, fallow. The thing I’m praising is wretchedness. It gets easier, as easy as a slur. The tongue root and the doctor’s late, blinking the back of a machine. I know blinking means OK but even so. I’m surprised the water even rose

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June 29, 2016

Goldsmith was a passionate and enormously generous supporter of PEN's freedom of expression advocacy programming for more than three decades.

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June 29, 2016

A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, / and I threw up at the sight of that. // My only security has been to garden civility / in city boots scuffed along the way / by impedimenta to my solace.

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June 24, 2016

New PEN Award recognizes twelve emerging fiction writers for their debut short story published in a literary magazine or cultural website

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June 23, 2016

Excerpts from two novels Gregory Rabassa introduced to the English-speaking world.

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June 23, 2016

An excerpt from Jeremy Sorese's debut graphic novel, "Curveball," a science-fiction and end-of-love story.

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