Two Poems by Ben Mirov

Master of fine art? More like paper / airplane disaster factory. // Gerard Manley Hopkins? / More like a clod of Earth flung skyward / towards God's stupid face. More

Four Last Songs

I’d forgotten to pay attention for years / To a song I heard for the first time // At the end of a recent memorial, / An actual song… More

Copenhagen Airport

Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. This installment, selected by Ben Mirov, features poetry by Jason Bredle,… More

Three Lullabies

Dear Frank. I am writing you a letter with nowhere to send it. We’ve taken a room in San Felipe, on the Calle de los Claveles. Separating the bedrooms… More


The bullet, spinning / to maintain a shallow arc, / carves a hot thread / through the wind / until it breaks one hair / and the deer’s neck… More

Belarusian protesters in background; on top: “I Support PEN Belarus” and PEN America logo

Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.