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.

Moving offices

Poetry London has moved! Our new address is: Poetry London, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK. Phone: 020 8228 5707

Autumn 2018: Issue 91

The Autumn 2018 issue features new poems from Rebecca Perry, Laura Elliott, David Harsent and Andrea Brady, as well as extracts from a new collaborative work between Vahni Capildeo and Chris McCabe, and poems from writer and visual artist Robert Herbert McClean’s filmwork Song for Ireland. The Autumn issue also includes poems from Poetry London Clore Prize winners Romalyn Ante, S K Kim, and Selima Hill.

The issue’s essay, by Daisy Lafarge, presents a searching contribution to the debate about contemporary poetry and motherhood. Meanwhile Jess Cotton interviews the American poet and astrologer Ariana Reines, covering topics that range from intimacy to resistance, and our critics review new collections by Vahni Capildeo, Mark Ford, Richard Scott, Tishani Doshi, Amy Key and many more.

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

  • ‘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
  • ‘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 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


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

Romalyn Ante wins Poetry London Clore Prize

‘I was over the moon when I learned that I won first prize in Poetry London Clore Prize; I am very grateful to Poetry London team and to Kwame Dawes for choosing my poem and giving my voice a chance to be heard.’

Read the winning poem ‘Names’ by Romalyn Ante.

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