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. Familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines. […]
The 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize recipient is Carolyn Forché, author of books of poetry including Blue Hour, the Angel of History, The Country Between Us, the forthcoming In the Lateness of the World among others. Her many honors include a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a James Laughlin Award, and the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Forché […]
Tracy K. Smith knows many readers are intimidated by line breaks. She knows people don’t like identifying consonance, assonance or alliteration. But Smith — the newly announced 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States — wants to help America push past that anxiety. The poet laureate is appointed by the librarian of […]
Hollie McNish has stopped talking for a moment; this doesn’t happen much during the interview. I have just asked her why she thinks her “poetic memoir”, Nobody Told Me, recently won the Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes award (previous recipients include Kate Tempest and Alice Oswald). “I really don’t know,” she says after a brief pause, shrugging and […]
Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Poems of Resistance: A Primer APRIL 21, 2017 Advertisement Continue reading the main story “Poems are visible right now, which is terribly ironic, because you rather wish it weren’t so necessary,” she said. “When poetry is a backwater it means times are O.K. When times are dire, that’s […]
“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.
In her second book, the Canadian poet Linda Besner weaves throughout her funny, dark poems “found” language — like the headline of an article in Cosmopolitan, which became the name of the collection, “Feel Happier in Nine Seconds,” or text from a travel-ad campaign for Aruba, from which this poem takes its title. Here, she […]