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The Poeming Pigeon Literary Journals

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The Poeming Pigeon is an international journal of poetry and prose, with a sizable portion of contributors hailing from Oregon & the Pacific Northwest. The journal is published by The Poetry Box® in Portland, Oregon and edited by Shawn Aveningo Sanders with cover illustrations by Robert R. Sanders. Since 2015, there have been 10 uniquely themed issues covering a variety of topics including Birds, Gardening, Music, Current Events, Love Poems, The Cosmos, Sports, Cannabis, Food, and Pop Culture. Each issue contains 120 plus pages of poetry from award-winning poets from across the globe. (See below for more details about each unique issue.)



The perfect gift for the birdwatching enthusiast or nature lover.

Poeming Pigeons: Poems about Birds is the first in the journal series and contains over 100 poems expressing our fascination, fear, frustration and undeniable connection to our fine, feathered friends. Between the pages of this anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire — all through poems about birds.


ISBN: 978-0-9863304-2-1

Pages: 186



The perfect gift for your favorite foodie.

The Poeming Pigeon: Poems about Food: Homer, our Poeming Pigeon mascot, has been hunting and pecking to gather the most delicious poetry for a new collection of poems from around the globe – all about food. Allow us to whet your appetite with an opening poem by Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, Paulann Petersen, followed by a feast of verse that may not only make your mouth water, but your eyes well-up too. Food not only nourishes our body, it can feed our soul. What’s your favorite food? You just might find a poem about it inside this journal of poetry.


ISBN: 978-0-9863304-7-8

Pages: 142



The perfect gift for the cannabis connoisseur.

The Poeming Pigeon: Doobie or Not Doobie? The legalization of medical and recreational marijuana (cannabis) is a hot topic facing America and other countries across the globe. Homer examines this controversial issue through an international curated collection of poems and flash fiction stories. You’ll enjoy tales of hilarious first encounters with the herb, gratitude for the escape from physical pain, fellowship in passing the spliff and learn why some prefer not to partake in the “madness.” So, light up (or not) and enjoy!


ISBN: 978-0-9863304-8-3

Pages: 156



The perfect gift for anyone who loves music.

The Poeming Pigeon: Poems about Music: 675 poets from across the globe answered the call to share their musically inspired poetry. We chose 88 poems—one for each key on a piano. Upon these pages you’ll discover poems inspired by music genres ranging from classical to country, from jazz to rock-n-roll, and everything in between. Join us on a musical journey of discovery and nostalgia. And let the poetry tug on your heartstrings, like a virtuoso glides the bow across the strings of a violin.


ISBN: 978-0-9980999-6-9

Pages: 148



The perfect gift for the gardening enthusiast or nature lover.

The Poeming Pigeon: Poems from the Garden: For our 5th issue of The Poeming Pigeon, Homer takes us back to our roots – literally and metaphorically. Enjoy this collection of over 80 poems that celebrates dirt under our fingernails, seed catalog dreams, sharing zucchini with our neighbors, and this labor-of-love we call gardening.


ISBN: 978-0-9980999-0-3

Pages: 144



For anyone in love or whose ever been in love.

The Poeming Pigeon: Love Poems

What our world needs now is love! So, for our 6th issue, we bring you 85 love poems. Throughout these pages you’ll find poetry that speaks from the heart directly to yours. Our poets go beyond flowers and candy romance to share the real beauty of companionship and commitment. Experience love that grows from gratitude and endures beyond the earthly boundaries of time and space.


ISBN: 978-1-948461-6-5

Pages: 126



The Poeming Pigeon: In the News: We live in a world where access to breaking news is available 24/7. But how often do we go beyond the headline? What happened next? What was the impact on our fellow humans across the globe? Can we learn? Can we change? Can we make a difference? We invite the world to read these poems and start a conversation—perhaps one that is way overdue.


ISBN: 978-1-948461-05-4

Pages: 202



For athletes and sports fans alike.

The Poeming Pigeon: Sports: Dive into this sports-themed collection and you’ll quickly become a fan, as our poets relive their glory days and share their love of the game. Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a dedicated amateur, or an armchair quarterback, we invite you to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat—it’s all here between these pages. On your mark, get set. Go!


ISBN: 978-1-948461-26-9

Pages: 146



The Poeming Pigeon: Cosmos: What’s out there in the great beyond? Could we survive on Mars? What is dark matter? Are wormholes the secret to time travel?  Human curiosity is as vast as the universe itself, and these poems may provide some unique answers—or at least a little stardust to sprinkle in your morning coffee.


ISBN: 978-1-948461-33-7

Pages: 158



The Poeming Pigeon: Pop Culture: From entertainment to fashion to techno-widgets, pop culture can mirror the beliefs and lifestyles of a society at any given time. Not only does the iconography of pop culture influence consumerism, the objects associated with it can also be a welcomed distraction from our oftentimes stressful world. We invite you to relax and enjoy these 72 poems through their wide lens of whimsy, nostalgia, and social commentary.


ISBN: 978-1-948461-69-6

Pages: 136