The Poetry Review

The Poetry Review - 104:1

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

Our autumn issue has new poems by Kim Addonizio, Rachael Allen, Sean Borodale, Linda Gregerson, Durs Grünbein, Sarah Roby, Denise Saul, Katharine Towers and others. Gregory O'Brien writes from Gore, New Zealand and Amali Rodrigo from Mumbai. We publish Carolyn Forché's much-praised Poetry Society Annual Lecture, and there are reviews of Tom Paulin, Derek Walcott, Robert Crawford, Ruth Padel, Kei Miller and Fiona Benson. Plus Next Generation Poets 2014: extensive coverage of this latest promotion of twenty of the top British poets. Plus – the Anon. Poets revealed! Moniza Alvi and Esther Morgan tell all.

Behind the Poem: read what inspired Sean Borodale's and Sarah Roby's contributions to this issue.

Cover illustration: Shout / Dutch Uncle.

Explore the full list of contents here or buy online.

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.


The Poetry Review - 104:1

Recent issue

Edited by Maurice Riordan, the summer issue of The Poetry Review has new poems by Philip Gross, Sarah Howe, John F. Deane, Carrie Etter, Simon Armitage, Colette Bryce, Jacob Polley and others. Also new poems by Michael Hofmann, Kathryn Maris and Sam Riviere, inspired by the British Museum exhibition, 'Germany Divided: Baselitz & His Generation'. Simon Armitage and Gwyneth Lewis, describe the source of their inspiration in 'Omphalos'; Conor O’Callaghan writes on Geoffrey Hill and Gwyneth Lewis on Dylan Thomas (with images from Peter Blake’s Under Milk Wood). John Glenday introduces the winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2013, Mir Mahfuz Ali, and there are reviews of Paul Farley, John Burnside, Tiffany Atkinson, Kathryn Simmonds, Amy Key, Jen Hadfield and John Ashbery’s translations. Plus Joey Connolly on the culture of prizegiving, Sam Riviere’s Belfast diary and Letter from Nicaragua by Jane McKie and Jonathan Davidson. Full contents list and downloadable pdfs here. Listen to the podcast with Simon Armitage 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

Read poems from The Poetry Review in Poetry magazine, selected by Don Share. Poetry cover art: Paul Hornschemeier “Postcards from Moritz the Cat,” 2011



New poems by Sean Borodale, selected as a Next Generation Poet 2014, Kim Addonizio, Linda Gregerson, Dürs Grunbein and Sarah Roby are published in the new issue of The Poetry Review.

The summer issue is published with contributors including Simon Armitage, Philip Gross, Sarah Howe, Gwyneth Lewis and Jacob Polley. Mir Mahfuz Ali was announced as the winner of the Dearmer Prize 2013.

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

December 2013
The winter issue of Poetry Review, with contributors including Helen Mort, Alice Oswald and John Hartley Williams, amongst many others, is published.

September 2013
The first issue of Poetry Review edited by Maurice Riordan is published.

July 2013
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.

June 2013
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