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. 

To a Distant Country

By now for all I know / he could be writing a letter to his wife / on a grain of rice. Could be waiting in line / at… More

The Gut

I kissed Dallas for the first time at the top a the rich neighborhood. // This was before the other houses. // You could still look out & see… More

April sauna

we spoke about music and religion and sex and the worst things we’d ever done for money and the best things we’d ever done for free More

Three Poems by Maggie Millner

If I sense something is missing / then I miss it. Those first demented / hours of your absence, // I thought missing seemed a soft / denomination: miss, a word… More

from Positions of the Sun

Misanthropes and philanthropists alike wait for a green light. An old woman fumbles with her coin purse at a supermarket checkout counter. Two students, sheltered from the rain by… More

turn-taking

my parents are to english as they are to the phone when it rings // when we pick up the phone to relatives, they don’t understand our jobs unless… More

Cruise Control

It was all crash and burn. Very gestapo. Very doomsday guru. It was more a moving than a shaking. Life a wispy thing at times amplified by good hair… More

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

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