Topical Poetry contributors share poems based on a recent public news/event, preferably from the previous or current week. Editors select the best ones and publish them on the website twice a month, on every other Sunday. “Poetry on current events can be transformational, thought-provoking, and everlasting.” Recent works include “Always” by Dustin Brookshire, “Carrier of Souls” by David Chorlton, “None of This Had to Happen- Channeling Jane Hirschfield” by Lynne Kemen, “A Tale of Black Friday” by Lois Perch Villemaire, “On the Many Shades of Protest (& Prayer)” by Jen Schneider, and “The Pen” by Bänoo Zan. All content is free to read online.
Publishing new content every two weeks, Topical Poetry is an online journal readers will want to subscribe to (for free) to stay up to date on the newest posts. As the name suggests, contributors offer works in response to current events and news – what a great resource to bring into any classroom. “Poetry on current events can be transformational, thought-provoking, and everlasting.” Recent works include “Asian Solidarity” by Jenn Martin, “Still Here” by Buff Whitman-Bradley, “In New York We say” by Elizabeth Schmermund, “CLIMATES CHANGE” by Joanne Kennedy Frazer, “Man in Flames” by Matthew Murrey, “UVALDE 2022” by Dale Hensarling, and “Not Completely Safe” by Jacqueline Jules. Topical Poetry is free to read online and accepts submissions based on public news/events, preferably from the previous or current week – which means a fast turnaround time on acceptance.
Such a cool concept – Topical Poetry “aims to create a safe and encouraging space for global poets to show their reactions to recent events and news.” Poems from the most recent issue include “The Direction of Home” by Laurel Benjamin, “While I imagine his demise, I wonder what Putin’s mother might be thinking” by Rebecca Surmont, “Shackleton’s ship is discovered, March 2022” by Mark Blayney, “What We Need Beyond the Pale” by Jay Yair Brodbar, “Ukrainian Woman Offers Seeds” by Julene Waffle, “The Stratigraphy of War” by Sheila DC Robertson, “J’accuse” by Howard Richard Debs, “Last Normal Outing” by Sharon Mast and many more. Subscribe to get a weblink to the latest issue. This is definitely one to follow.
Issue #26 of online literary magazine Topical Poetry features work by Dan Dana, Zebulon Huset, Wendy Dodek, Lois Perch Villemaire, and Howard Richard Debs. Stop by their website to read these pieces and more in Topical Poetry‘s archives.