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Issue 91: Humor

Issue 91: Humor

Issue 91 cover by Nastya Nudnik

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You go, Jed Meyers!

May 21st, 2015

 The Spring 2015 Issue of The Hartskill Review has not only published a poem of Jed Myers but it includes a review of his book Watching the Perseids! In addition, the journal’s editor, Joshua Hjalmer Lind, has

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Russell Jaffe’s new book: Introvert/Extrovert

May 19th, 2015

Amazing news! Russell Jaffe just published his new book Introvert/Extrovert through Punk Hostage Press. His book is available at amazon. “I like can’t even deal w the patriarchy right now I don’t know why Russell

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the Women, the Mirror, and the Eye by Maureen Thorson

May 11th, 2015

Congratulations to Maureen Thorson’s for the publication of her new chapbook! The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye is the first title in the 2015 Bloof Books Chapbook Series. You can buy

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What’s the Science? A Night of Poetic Game Play

May 5th, 2015

Last night’s “What’s the Science?” event, put together by Fact-Simile Press and held at Vox Populi, gave us even more reason to be proud of our own Bryan Dickey. Eight

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Pamela Davis recipient of The ABZ Prize for Poetry!

April 24th, 2015

Pamela Davis was the 2014 recipient of The ABZ Prize for Poetry for her book Lunette, which includes “Antidote/” that was first published in PBQ. In addition, she received an outstanding review by

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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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