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.

Spring 2017: Issue 86

The Spring 2017 issue of Poetry London brings together significant selections of new work from Roddy Lumsden, Rebecca Perry, Sean O’Brien, Rachael Allen and A K Blakemore. There is an emphasis on translation, including the Austrian poet Ann Cotten, Jacques Tornay translated by Annie Freud, and Ye Lijun translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain. The issue also offers new poems from established names such as Penelope Shuttle and Matthew Sweeney, alongside Hugh Foley, Lucy Mercer and Ian Cartland

In the Reviews and Features section, Martyn Crucefix explores the idea of presence and its opposite in the work of Yves Bonnefoy, Li Po, Shakespeare and Daoist philosophy. Peter Robinson welcomes Don Share’s monumental edition of Basil Bunting’s poems while Chris McCabe interviews Tom Pickard the Newcastle poet who contributed so much to the revival of Bunting’s work fifty years ago. Luke Kennard writes on Anne Carson, Claire Trévien on Sharon Olds and others, and a range of reviewers respond to the work of poets as critics and theorists of the art.

This issue also announces Poetry London’s 2017 competition.

You can read a selection of poems and features from the issue here.

  • ‘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, as well as from the islands of Britain and Ireland; work by new poets and established ones. In other words its one of the best magazines around.’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
  • ‘Poetry London is no longer simply an interesting poetry journal for those living in the region, it’s an essential international journal of poetry. The reviews of poetry volumes are often statements of poetics – going beyond their immediate surroundings. They create connections and nodal points for further investigation and discussion, and there’s an editorial dynamic at work that suggests a plurality of vision, a theatre of possibilities. What I particularly like about Poetry London is that it keeps talking to you when you close its covers.’John Kinsella
  • ‘Poetry London has become THE magazine I most want to read.’The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy
  • ‘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 has gone from strength to strength and is now essential reading for anyone who cares about poetry in the UK. It 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. The reviews are among the best being published, giving poets/critics the space to exercise a level of judgment that feels increasingly rare in this climate.’Sarah Howe


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Poetry London Mentoring Scheme

Poetry London is offering the chance for three talented poets to receive a year of free one to one mentoring from leading poets, and friends of Poetry London, Vahni Capildeo, Colette Bryce and Mimi Khalvati.

Generously funded by The Fenton Arts Trust and Arts Council England, the scheme will pair each of our mentors with a promising writer who will receive in-depth support, constructive feedback and guidance over the course of five one-to-one mentoring sessions.


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