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 guest editors TC Tolbert, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Brian Blanchfield. 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. Our current response time is about 3-6 months. Please follow up with firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't heard from us after six months.
Uncomfortable in a hospital gown, fallow. The thing I’m praising is wretchedness. It gets easier, as easy as a slur. The tongue root and the doctor’s late, blinking the back of a machine. I know blinking means OK but even so. I’m surprised the...Read More  »
I was young, always returning to the municipal building, / where an iron lamp hung, a flickering vestige of history. / And when I moved my belongings in with a man and out of their hole, / Goodbye, my family. I’ll be seeing you. I’ll be writing you...Read More  »
Plunder culture, culture plunder / Going into debt so as to be employable so as to slowly pay off that debt, or never, or having been born into it, or to always already be considered unemployable, or / The march was a long wet walk criss-crossing...Read More  »
the last safe days of my life / what I knew, what I bound with string / a word of hers, repeated / a kiss on the forehead — erases / I lived until I tried not to, then began again / if what I wanted was to calmly rot, I failed / I followed a weapon...Read More  »