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What I Would Like to Hear

“I hear a Kawasaki ZRX and a strumming of a bass guitar coming from a few houses down and someone speaking Spanish as I turn the page to the… More

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El Reno

Today, when I felt the wind, I could not travel with it. Past the guard tower it blew, over and around the cyclone fence and razor wire. More

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No Future in a Circle

That tingling or the tractor fumes—buoyant and a bit slow to go—still—the briefest souvenirs—all traverse a circle—meaning one more ride won't bring us ‘round— More

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Free Press

“I learned long ago about taking the bait of free press and the dangers of falling into the sea of an open paper with its bias beaches.” More

PEN Poetry Series: Nin

These days, looking out at the bleached billboards, / or the rows of jacarandas lining the street, // I hardly have cause to remember. / Charred cars in Venezuela… More

Two Poems by Callie Garnett

This week in the PEN Poetry Series, PEN America features two poems by Callie Garnett.  Serial Mom If obsession arrests you in time Consider me ten, when I turned to mom &… More

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