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Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. Subscribe to the Poetry Series mailing list and have poems delivered to your e-mail as soon as they are published (no spam, no news, just poems). We hope you like the pieces we find as much as we do, and pass them on.
This installment, selected by Ben Mirov, features a poem by Donald Dunbar, author of Eyelid Lick (FENCE, November 2012), which won the FENCE 2012 Modern Poets book prize. 
Read the poem here.

Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. Subscribe to the Poetry Series mailing list and have poems delivered to your e-mail as soon as they are published (no spam, no news, just poems). We hope you like the pieces we find as much as we do, and pass them on.

This installment, selected by Ben Mirov, features a poem by Donald Dunbar, author of Eyelid Lick (FENCE, November 2012), which won the FENCE 2012 Modern Poets book prize.

Read the poem here.

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A big day for poetry here at PEN American:

1) Check out the latest edition of the PEN Poetry Series, edited by Ana Božičević and Amy King, which features a selection of Salvadoran poetry in translation from the latest issue of Aufgabe

2) Next, stop by the PEN Poetry Relay, where you can read Dante Micheaux’s “Good Kisser" and listen to audio of Micheaux reading the poem. And be sure to stop back through in a week for an interview with Micheaux on his poetry.

3) Last but never least, Ben Mirov is here with the poetry roundup to keep us all savvy on the latest and greatest in the poetry world. Of particular note, let’s all buy a book or seven from Mud Luscious Press, who is facing some financial straits.

See you on the mean streets of poetry, warriors.

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Aufgabe’s current issue features poetry from El Salvador

Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. Subscribe to the Poetry Series mailing list and have poems delivered to your e-mail as soon as they are published (no spam, no news, just poems). We hope you like the pieces we find as much as we do, and pass them on.

This installment, selected by Ana Božičević and Amy King, features selections from Aufgabe #11, which features a section of Salvadoran poetry guest-edited by Christian Nagler.

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from “What Follows Us Now Must Soon Enough Be Carried”:

I can’t drink beers at 3 p.m. very often
or anytime soon live in San Francisco
because I am trying to be a decent middle-class father,
which requires living close to adequate schools
and inexpensive consumer packaged goods.
Many of my new best friends
live as far from me as do my old best friends,
like Amanda, who is rehabilitating an artificial steel hip
she selected from a medical supply catalogue
while sitting on her parents’ couch.
Amanda says the hip feels like an ice cream headache
in her leg.
Dean says his box of heart valves feels
like being followed by a cuckoo clock.
That’s all I really know about how strange these things must feel
though I was once chased by time.

Dobby Gibson is the author of three books: Polar (Alice James Books), Skirmish (Graywolf Press), and It Becomes You (Graywolf Press).

Shane McCrae is the author of Mule, and the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Writer’s Award. He will serve as a guest poetry editor for PEN beginning in March 2013. Read Shane’s poem, “Nursing the Master’s Children,” here

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Self-obsession is an inevitable by-product of capitalism. And capitalism has become—mistakenly, I think—inextricably tangled up with most folks’ sense of what “the American way” is…”

—Shane McCrae

Read the rest of the interview at Pen America’s website. 

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Maggie Nelson is the author of four collections of poetry and will serve as a guest poetry editor of the PEN Poetry Series beginning in March 2013. Read an excerpt from Bluets (2009) below. 

 

I look down at my lecture notes: Heártbréak is a spondee. Then I lay my head down on the desk and start to weep.

—Maggie Nelson

 

Read the rest of the excerpt on PEN’s blog.