Poetry London is an arts charity and leading international poetry magazine where acclaimed contemporary poets share pages with exciting new names. Published three times a year in February, May and September, each issue contains new poetry, incisive reviews and features. Poetry London holds an annual poetry competition and launches each issue with readings from distinguished poet contributors to the magazine.

Poetry London Clore Prize 2019

The Poetry London Clore Prize competition has opened! See Poetry London 2019 Competition for details.


Poetry London Spring 2019 cover

Spring 2019: Issue 92


The Spring issue features poems from Fred D’Aguiar, Daisy Lafarge, Dorothea Lasky, and Matthew Dickman. In this issue’s feature essay, Will Harris explores the complexities of writing poetry from a particular moral vantage point, in a vital contribution to the debate about identity and the limits of craft that is shaping our critical moment. The interview sees Leo Boix talk to Fred D’Aguiar about his literary pantheon, on the eve of publishing his seventh collection, Translations from Memory. Meanwhile, our critics review new collections by Jericho Brown, Andrew McMillan, Raymond Antrobus, Kathryn Maris and Liz Berry. The issue closes with a moving tribute to the recently departed Matthew Sweeney, from his friend and former Poetry London reviews editor Tim Dooley.

You can read a selection of poems and reviews from the Spring issue.

Join us for the launch event at Kings Place, London, 28 February.

  • ‘Poetry London has long been essential reading. Try imagining contemporary poetry without it.’Sean O'Brien
  • ‘Its eclectic international editorial vision makes Poetry London one of the very best, essential poetry magazines in English.’Steve Berg, Editor, American Poetry Review
  • ‘The name Poetry London might suggest a publication geared to a metropolitan coterie. Nothing could be further from the truth. Poetry London spreads its net wide to include the latest from Europe, America, and other parts of the world.’Ciaran Carson
  • ‘I’m impressed especially with your openness to international poetry in translation, but also with your resolutely non-sectarian approach to poetry in English – from many sources and schools.’Marilyn Hacker
  • ‘What I particularly like about Poetry London is that it keeps talking to you when you close its covers.’John Kinsella
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  • ‘For its consistent representation of the best in British poetry, for the keenness of its critical response, for the way it attracts work from both established poets and the brightest newcomers, and for its editorial acuity, Poetry London is indispensable.’David Harsent
  • ‘Poetry London publishes in-depth reviews and a wonderful range of international poets: young poets who have not yet published a collection, old hands, and poets from a wide variety of traditions. The one thing they have in common is their excellence.’Ruth Padel
  • ‘There is no other literary magazine I read to find out what poets are up to across the pond. More than The London Review of Books or the TLS, I look to Poetry London. Whenever it arrives in my mailbox I cancel my plans and spend my time, instead, within those ecstatic pages.’Matthew Dickman
  • ‘Poetry London has been my favourite poetry magazine for some years now. It keeps readers like me plugged into the most consistently exciting bits of the UK poetry scene, while bringing across some of the most important transatlantic writers too.’Sarah Howe

News

28 February launch

28 February: Spring Launch of Poetry London

This will be our Editor, Ahren Warner’s last launch. Please join us to celebrate his tenure and hear readings from leading poets.

Readers announced soon!
Check Kings Place for updates and bookings.

When: 28 February, 7pm
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.
How much: £6.50 on the door, or with additional fee when booking
How to book: via Kings Place

We’re recruiting!

Following the appointment of Martha Sprackland as acting Poetry Editor, we are looking for an Assistant Editor and a Digital Manager on a freelance basis. Come and join Poetry London at an exciting time!

See job descriptions and application details:

Applications close 5 March.

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