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 March, June and October, 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.

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Summer 2022: Issue 102

The Summer 2022 issue of Poetry London proudly carries new poems by our featured author, Grace Nichols, who was recently awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, in addition to work by Yousif M Qasmiyeh, Sean O’Brien, Kostya Tsolakis, Jennifer Wong, Fred D’Aguiar, Saddiq Dzukogi and Jenny Xie, as well as Jemilea Wisdom-Baako, a recent participant of our mentoring scheme, who makes her debut appearance in the magazine.

Other highlights include translations of poems by Li Qingzhao, Sun Tzu-ping, Tomaž Šalamun, and Herman Hesse, and interviews with Valzhyna Mort and Mohammed El-Kurd. This issue’s criticism section sees Maryam Hessavi analyze three brilliant debuts – by Maia Elsner, Alice Hiller, and Jason Allen-Paisant – as they excavate the traumas of the past, while Leo Boix considers the work of Christopher Soto, our Summer 2021 issue’s cover star, whose first collection has just been published to great acclaim in the U.S., as well as Forrest Gander’s translations of the Mexican poet Coral Bracho.
 

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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
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