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Founded in 2016, pnk prl is a tri-annual online zine dedicated to publishing blackout/erasure poetry written by queer-identifying writers (self-identified of course; we work on the honor system). We publish in March, July, and November.
We choose to focus on blackout/erasure poems because we think there’s something particularly special about the form. Blacking out and/or erasing parts of a text to make a new one gives a poet the opportunity to put themselves into a narrative, to disagree with a point of view, to re-write a moment in time, etc. with the added color of the source text affecting the result; i.e. a poem about being queer, erased from the Book of Leviticus (in our opinion) is more powerful than a completely original poem on the same topic. We enjoy juxtaposition and transformation here at pnk prl and we kind of think all poets do too.
We are now accepting submissions for our inaugural issue! The submission period closes on September 30th.
For more information please visit our website pnkprl.com or e-mail pnkprl.zine (at) gmail.com.