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. 

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

Division Day

Division occurs when we exit with or / without intention one ruthless enclosure / for another. As when I exit your kitchen / every Sunday after you have painted… More

Three Poems by Zachary Pace

Thousands of trees—each an individual (also belonging / to a genus, family, order, class, division, kingdom)— / surrounded you & me earlier today as we discussed / the insidious,… More

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