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Aaron Novick 08-19-2018 04:42 PM

Poetry magazines
What poetry magazines do yinz subscribe to? Which do you like to read? Where do you submit?

Basically, this thread is a general purpose forum for discussing various journals around today. Hopefully it will generate both good discussion and serve as a valuable repository of information. I know about a lot of the usual suspects, but I'm sure I'm ignorant of most of the places that might interest me (and be interested in me).

Gail White 08-19-2018 07:14 PM

With Measure on its deathbed and the Raintown Review seemingly moribund as well, I currently subscribe only to Think (Light and Mezzo Cammin being on-line and free).

Aaron Novick 08-19-2018 07:22 PM

Thanks, Gail. I just submitted to Think today, as it happens. My second attempt to get in there. Hope I show up on your doorstep sometime soon.

I admit that I'm a bit uneasy about its objectivist origins, but as best as I can tell that's behind it now that it's associated with Western State Colorado U. Is that fair, based on your experience with it? Just a high quality outlet for formal poetry?

Susan McLean 08-19-2018 07:47 PM

Able Muse, Light, Mezzo Cammin, Snakeskin, and Lighten Up Online are well worth reading, and I subscribe or have subscribed to The Lyric, Blue Unicorn, The Raintown Review, and The Dark Horse. I used to subscribe to The Formalist, Light Quarterly, Measure, Iambs and Trochees, but those are dead, dying, or now online. If you like translations, check out Transference, Arion, and The Classical Outlook.


Andrew Szilvasy 08-19-2018 08:38 PM

My job gets Poetry and American Poetry Review, so I read those regularly there. I subscribe to Rattle, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Able Muse, Tar River Poetry, Smartish Pace. I think that's all.

I've subscribed to Threepenny Review. I liked the poetry in it often, but there wasn't enough poetry in it.

I also subscribed to 32 Poems, and it's often filled with good stuff, I just fell off.

I want to subscribe to PN Review. It's expensive, though, since it's in the UK, but that's probably next for me.

Aaron Novick 08-19-2018 09:03 PM

Thanks Susan, Andrew.

Right now my only active subscription is to The Hudson Review, which I like a lot. Though often as much for the non-poetry as for the poetry. (I consistently like the stories they publish.)

Andrew, would you mind saying a bit more about the vibe of the various places you subscribe(d) to? Or at least those you like best?

Andrew Frisardi 08-20-2018 07:21 AM

Acumen in the U.K. is a good one, or used to be anyway, as I haven't seen it in a while.

The Oxleys are the real deal.

Here's the website:

John Riley 08-20-2018 12:29 PM

I'm not a committed formalist, as you know. The most interesting things in poetry are happening in free, online journals. I get Rattle and Poetry and have subscribed to others when I was wealthier than I am now and enjoyed them. The older print zines aren't necessarily where I want to go to read interesting poets and prose artists.

Aaron Novick 08-20-2018 12:45 PM


Originally Posted by John Riley (Post 424165)
The most interesting things in poetry are happening in free, online journals.

Which ones?

Maryann Corbett 08-20-2018 01:42 PM

Perhaps this is going about it backwards, but as I go forward, I'm most likely to submit to a place where I've recently seen work I like a lot. More often than not, that's formal in some sense, but not always. I submit to places I still want to get into even if they've rejected me before.

So, for what it's worth, I've submitted poems in the past year to "name" places like Beloit PJ, 32 Poems, Rattle, Yale Review, Commonweal, America, Crab Orchard Review, Notre Dame Review, Hopkins Review, Able Muse, PN Review, and Barrow Street.

Less well known places were Raintown, Pangyrus, Lighten Up Online, and Snakeskin.

Hope this is some help!

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