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. 

The Breaks

Monday / a truck hits / a car hits / hers and the brakes / the driver says the brakes / are so weak / the decisions / are… More

I Go Onto Moment

I am roped in. I go on sense giving tours, / walked around by guides strangling their / lungs / singing anything / to make something sung. / Following… More

Spend

seven years inside no visitors and four hours traveling north for one / hour per month with him no more no / phone calls four men watching always /… More

The Pathologos

You cannot find a picture of your future wife / There is not enough white space around your imagination / Who will look at your collage when you are… More

I Explain a Few Things

She was born in a shithole country that was fighting for the sanctity of a wretched block of ice / She said my own country is the most foreign… More

Poems for My Friends

That you've found your name someplace / it doesn't belong, I regret with you. / The scope of gratitude expands so wide / to pre-empt future criticism, inclusive /… More

The Art Buyer

I used to teach but now I work “in start-up tech” / And I’m trying to turn back. / The company I work for just fired half of everyone… More

Lovingly, Father

From a bitter little drunk / came the magic / Thrice I absentmindedly played an album / to cry w/ Julio Jaramillo / + cranked the volume / that… More

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