The Poetry Review

The Poetry Review - 104:1

Look inside the Poetry Society's internationally acclaimed quarterly poetry magazine, given a bold redesign this spring.

Published on 28 March, The Poetry Review has undergone its first major redesign for a decade. The new look, developed by acclaimed designer and illustrator Liam Relph, promises to modernise and revitalise the magazine, and represents a continued commitment to the publishing of new and exciting work in contemporary poetry by the Poetry Society.

It features a cover illustration by Dutch Uncle's Shout and the reinstatement of 'The' before the title - a detail not seen since 1969. The size and shape of the magazine has also been updated, along with the introduction of a new font and logo. Editor Maurice Riordan explains: "Just a tad retro, and very 21st century, The Poetry Review now brings the reader the tactile familiar quality of a print magazine with an up-to-the-minute design".

Explore the full list of contents here.

For more information about the redesign, click here.


About The Poetry Review

The Poetry Review is the Poetry Society's internationally acclaimed quarterly poetry magazine, published in March, June, September and December and sent to every full member of the Poetry Society. We welcome subscriptions to the magazine. The Poetry Review is also stocked at leading bookshops throughout the UK; to find your nearest outlet and buy copies, click here. Full details of how to submit your work to the magazine can be found here.

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Recent issue

Edited by Maurice Riordan, the latest issue of Poetry Review includes poems by Liz Berry, Matthew Francis, Mir Mahfuz Ali, Kim Moore, Helen Mort, Susan Wicks and many more. Deryn Rees-Jones interviews Alice Oswald, David Harmer writes on poetry for children, Greta Stoddart goes walking with Simon Armitage, and Paul Farley and Tom Sleigh explore Seamus Heaney's idea of the "omphalos", the place that is central to a poet's imaginative world. We publish Anne Carson's Poetry Society Annual Lecture and John Hartley Williams writes from Berlin. There are reviews of Adcock, Agard, Bird, D'Aguiar, Graves, Morrissey, Queneau, Reid, selected pamphlets and more, plus a gallery section of drawings by Sylvia Plath. Full contents list and downloadable pdfs here. Listen to the podcast here.



Behind the poem

What inspired some of the poems in this issue? Liz Berry and Matthew Francis offer a fascinating glimpse.

Back issues

You can also browse previous issues using the menu bar on the left, or read more about the magazine's history here.

Jack Underwood & Maurice Riordan


The Poetry Review has undergone a bold new redesign, launching with its Spring issue at the end of the month.

The winter issue of Poetry Review, with contributors including Helen Mort, Alice Oswald and John Hartley Williams, amongst many others, is published.

The first issue of Poetry Review edited by Maurice Riordan is published.

Patience Agbabi's The Doll's House is nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Read it in The Anonymous Invitation, the spring 2013 edition of Poetry Review by clicking here.

Patrick McGuinness's guest-edited issue is published, with a special event and podcast in Oxford. Kayo Chingonyi's Geoffrey Dearmer Prize win is awarded in the same issue, with Jane Draycott as judge.

February 2013
Maurice Riordan has been appointed as Editor of Poetry Review; his first issue will be published this autumn. Patrick McGuinness will be Guest Editor of the summer issue.

November 2012
Read Bernardine Evaristo's blog on the thinking behind the winter 2012 issue.

October 2012
The Guest Editors of the spring 2013 issue are Moniza Alvi and Esther Morgan.

July 2012
Read Charles Boyle's blog as he updates on us on progess so far with the autumn 2012 issue.

May 2012
The Guest Editors for the autumn and winter issues have been announced: Charles Boyle and Bernardine Evaristo.

May 2012
Read George Szirtes' blog as he reflects on his first few days as Guest  Editor for the summer 2012 issue.

February 2012
Fiona Sampson leaves Poetry Review