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. 

from Summer Err

Beyond the forests, / the head of the general / killed everything he saw or could think of. // All sheepmen carry strychnine / to kill coyotes, bears, panthers, / little dog-like wolves,… More

Two Poems by Paul Legault

A president cannot pardon itself. / A body cannot bury itself in / the ground or tomb it had its minions build. / There has to be someone to… More

The Triumph of Life

I thought each day / to be the hard and broken prayer of the only / God degenerate enough to mix his hands in the mash / and our… More

On Value

Tuesday, Paris, and there’s no America / I wouldn’t ransom. Men beg // on the bridge a boy king / named for his mother—who held / his hand as… More

Five Poems by Wendy Trevino

The largest prison strike in the history / Of the US is still going. “We want / [You] to understand the economics / Of the prison system...It’s not about… More

Two Poems by Monica Ferrell

Snowflakes falling on the beaten copper of nightwater, / Filling up the mouths of drowned soldiers, / Snowflakes filling the sidewalk cracks, / Edging the trees with a blue… More

Trench Lyric

The doctors tell me I need this. / The sonnet will tell me I need it. / And you see me with a mug, / a glass, at work,… More

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