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. 

Swell

There is yeast in the air as well / as sadness / I’ll lick the tears from / wherever they land / I just love / to get dressed… More

Daybreak

Having felt the world tremble / And having known // Ruth / In alien corn, / Exposed and at the mercy / Of masters— // Having seen / And… More

Always

Wanted to tell you of the psychic witch who found my life with one eye / though we weren’t speaking then and here you’re dead. / I’ve put a… More

Look

Whereas it could take as long as 16 seconds between / the trigger pulled in Las Vegas and the Hellfire missile / landing in Mazar-e-Sharif, after which they will… More

Cold Spring

Cold spring and a redwing blackbird. / Norway maple in a litter of seed keys. / Inconvenient, the needs of the soul. // Cold spring. Fresh paint on a… More

Five Poems by Lisa Olstein

Like everyone, I’ll watch indefinitely while / the meant-to-be lovers stay a lip’s width apart / or a war zone, their shadows overlapping / like animals around a dried-up… More

Cunt Norton

When you cunt a text, both texts are devoured, both are spit back up stunned by their new undulations, their hybridity an act of endurance and of disappearance, meanings… More

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