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Issue 92: Unthemed   Photograph by Rachelle Street

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PBQ Contributor to be included in Best of American Poetry 2016

January 19th, 2016

PBQ would like to congratulate former contributor Nomi Stone, whose poem “Drones: An Exercise in Awe-Terror” was selected by Edward Hirsch to be a part of Best American Poetry 2016.

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Our own 2-1-5 reader, Kirsten Kashock has big news!

December 9th, 2015

2015 has been an exciting for year in the arts for Dr. Kristen Kashock. Recently, The Subito Press, a non-profit publisher of literary works out of the University of Colorado-Bolder

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Issue 92 is Live!

December 3rd, 2015

Hello PBQ Readers!  We’d like to formally announce that the long-awaited Issue 92 is finally up and running. We are immensely proud of the talent that is in this issue

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PBQ Contributor Meg Johnson has second book out for pre-order

November 30th, 2015

PBQ contributor Meg Johnson has a new book coming out, The Crimes of Clara Turlington.  A Grand Finalist of the 2015 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. Meg Johnson’s new book

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Free Webinar: “The Lit Mag: How & Why To Get Published”

November 20th, 2015

You’re Invited! Free Webinar: “The Lit Mag: How & Why To Get Published” When: December 2, 2015 12:00 p.m. Join us for a live webinar with Kathleen Volk Miller, our own

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Donnie Welch

Broken down in the Poconos,
driving home for Christmas,
icicles gleam like daggers
on trees and big rigs go zooming
around the hairpin turn I'm stuck on.

If I die here, on Christmas Eve,
next to this shitty Kia, I promise
I will haunt you Pennsylvania:
from your mountains of coal
bleached gray by globalization
to Philly where I'll hover
my spectral ass
inches above William Penn's
statue on the state house.

I will be the reason speedometers
don't calibrate outside of Pittsburgh
and weigh station scales won't
      measure
tractor-trailer payloads, just read
      ERROR.

I'll make sure Kecksburg
has an outward appearance of
      grandeur
rather than remaining a monument
to something that probably didn't
      happen
(in place with a "members only" bar
people must be desperate for the
      stars).

I don't hate you Pennsylvania,
but your Quaker heritage
and chocolate theme parks
aren't enough to make up
for mountain town towing companies.
And if a tired driver goes
into the brake down lane, off road,
I'll join those ranks at Gettysburg
and remain a dutiful ghost.

The words for next month are soap, perverse, and irritate.

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