How to master the art of poetry submissions

1. Here’s the headline: read the magazine you’re submitting to, before you decide to submit. You’ll get a sense of where your poems will best fit, and you’ll have an …

From These Feelings of Futurelessness

Matthew James Holman on two poets imagining the world to come Peter Gizzi Sky Burial: New & Selected Poems Carcanet £14.99 Sean Bonney Our Death Commune Editions $20 Commonly practised in …

To Prime a Palimpsest

Mary Jean Chan on three collections that centre female responses to history and trauma Mimi Khalvati Afterwardness Carcanet £9.99 Jacqueline Saphra Dad, Remember You Are Dead Nine Arches £9.99 Kate Noakes …

A Taste, a Touch, a Want

Victoria Adukwei Bulley interviews Natalie Diaz in a time of lockdown VAB: I’d love to begin by asking you this: what is a poem? ND: A poem is like a hand – the …

The Changing Mountain

Stephen Sexton on the mutable parameters of elegy Hail starts its patter and John joins me in the gazebo. I don’t know John, but we will talk, and thereafter nod hello …

Perennial

Oakley Flanagan I once thought we had fought to become entitled to love & divorce; leave the parade, go home mindless. I was near senseless, forgetting what we’d inherited. See, …

The Owl

Maya C Popa Took off from the field again away from you and back in my direction. We share an owl now – we did not mean for this to …

The Mystic

Raymond Antrobus The lightbulb in The Mystic’s living room is reluctant. The pink laminated sofa looks like a fat dick in a greasy condom. The Mystic sits in the deck …

Editorial: I Stayed Inside A Known City

Martha Sprackland ‘We just watched. A pandemic was always at the top of our national risk register – always – but when it came we just slowly watched. We could …

Poetry London Summer 2020 Readings (online)

Our summer 2020 readings will now be taking place online on Thursday 18 June. With readings from Raymond Antrobus, Rachael Boast, Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal, Jee Leong Koh, John McCullough and …

How will we cope?

Rishi Dastidar on three collections that offer varied responses in an age of crisis Mark Waldron Sweet, like Rinky-Dink Bloodaxe £9.95 Kei Miller In Nearby Bushes Carcanet £9.99 Richard Osmond Rock, …

At the Borders of Life and Death

Phoebe Clarke on two morally searching, oracular books Ilya Kaminsky Deaf Republic Faber £10.99 Ariana Reines A Sand Book Tin House $24.95 ‘There are exercises in the spiritual sense,’ wrote Paul …

The Church of a Better World

Suji Kwock Kim talks to Danez Smith on the eve of publishing their new book, Homie SKK: How would you articulate what’s specifically ‘American’ about US poetry – keeping in mind all the limitations …

The Benefit of the Doubt

Joey Connolly on the poems – and ways of reading – that inspire trust ‘It is more shameful to distrust your friends than be deceived by them’ – François de La Rochefoucauld, …

To Turn

Amineh Abou Kerech They threw a very little ping-pong ballat my country, a very little ball. I thought the ball would come backand everything would be okay but I was …

my poems

Danez Smith my poems are fed up & getting violent.i whisper to them tender tender bridge bridge but they say bitch ain’t no time, make me a weapon! i hold a poem to a …

Caddisfly Larvae

Fiona Benson Trichoptera At first we take its chamberfor a twig –a dark lengthamong the dredgings; then it moves,and we see it is a sleevestitched and glued,careful découpage of wet, …

Editorial: Reading as Friendship

Dai George Should a poem be thought of as a friend? Obviously poets can be friends, and I’d guess that few people, if any, would lobby for an alternative reality …