Poetry :: NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines
About Poetry: The oldest, boldest, and most distinguished monthly for and about poetry in the English-speaking world.
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, Illinois 60654-5457
Phone: (312) 787-7070
Simultaneous submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: 6-8 weeks Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 0032-2032 Issues per year: 11 Founded: 1912 Distributors: Ingram, Ubiquity Average pages: 70 Sample copy (postpaid): $5.50 Cover Price: $3.75 Subscription (Ind): $35 Subscription (Inst): $38
Publisher’s Description: We find great work before anyone else. Since its founding in 1912, Poetry has been famous for discovering poets very early in their careers. T. S. Eliot’s first publication, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” was in our pages, as were early poems of Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Anne Sexton, Seamus Heaney, and many, many others. Discovering new voices—voices that speak to this time, this moment—remains our primary commitment today. Though we regularly present new work by the most famous poets in America, over half of all our contributions are from poets appearing in the magazine for the first time. A subscription to Poetry will give you the most important voices in American poetry before they have become established figures. You’ll discover poems before they are “literature” and will have the chance to experience them outside of any classroom or anthology. When you subscribe to Poetry, you join a select but substantial group of readers in all fifty states and in forty-five countries around the world. No other literary magazine has a more devoted or discriminating audience.
Our February 2014 issue opens with three previously unpublished poems by the late Larry Levis, who writes of the “small confetti on which our history is being written, / smaller & smaller, less clear every moment,” in “Twelve Thirty One Nineteen Ninety Nine.” History resurfaces in this month’s issue with A.E. Stallings’s “The Companions of Odysseus in Hades,” Julia Shipley’s “The Archaeologists,” K. Silem Mohammad’s anagram versions of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and Ocean Vuong’s “Aubade with Burning City,” on the evacuation of Vietnam.
The January 2014 issue of Poetry features poems by Leah Umansky, Adrian Matejka, Amy King , Idra Novey, Adam Fitzgerald, Christopher Middleton, Emily Berry, Michael Robbins, Mark Ford, Maxine Chernoff, Danniel Schoonebeek, Jane Hirshfield, Marion McCready, Sina Queyras, and more.
Poetry is full of characters this month: Amy Winehouse, Steve Jobs, Roy Halston, Wahoo McDaniel, Kronos, and Saul Bass, just to name a few. Pick up a copy of the December 2013 issue to read new poems by Rae Armantrout, Louise Glück, Douglas Kearney, Patricia Lockwood, Tomás Q. Morín, Eileen Myles, Emilia Phillips, and others. We also have essays by Merrill Gilfillan on “alfresco” writing, Marianne Boruch on melodrama, and Alfred Corn on May Swenson’s Collected Poems.
last updated 2/17/2014