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. 

Resurrection Rock

it’s true we called them pigs // said we hated them / feared them // said fuck them / when they weren’t around // I guess that was the… More

HABEMUS LUX

This is the book for the generations of cats. These are the generations that will serve them: they were Abram’s cats; Agar gave birth to her cats, but the… More

Eight Dollar Garbage

Though Steve McQueen spends most of The Great Escape / Breaking in a baseball mitt / And I’ll spend most of the next hour / Looking around for someone… More

from Tell Me How It Makes You Feel

Because these are the documents we’re never to destroy. // Because these are the documents we’re never to falsify or duplicate for forgery or for profit’s sake. // Because… More

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