I'm pleased to have two poems in the new issue of Tar River Poetry
. This is my first appearance in this print journal. I find myself in very good company with poems by such poets as Kelly Cherry, Susan Laughter Meyers, Karen Paul Holmes, and Faith Shearin, and Grant Clauser. I see some names new to me and look forward to getting acquainted with those poets. My own poems are "Signs That Life May Yet Work Out as You'd Like It To" and "Why I Couldn't Keep Him."
This is an exclusively poetry journal which pleases me. It's a slender volume with perfect binding and, as you can see, a lovely cover. I'm going to subscribe, and I suggest that you consider doing the same.
Some years ago I posted a list of other all-poetry print journals. I just dug that out and will re-post it here. Although I subscribe to several journals that include poetry and prose, I often find myself skipping over the prose pieces to get to the poems. So it occurred to me that perhaps I ought to subscribe to a few more poetry-only journals. Poetry with perhaps some reviews of poetry books, interviews with poets, and / or a poetics essay. A bit of art would be nice, too. I then set about gathering a list of such journals. Perhaps you might also be looking for a few ideas for new subscriptions, so I'll share the list with you. Those with two asterisks are ones I am already subscribed to.
**Beloit Poetry Journal
A saddle-stapled journal that has been around a long time. Four issues per year.
Combines poetry and art. Two issues per year.
Poetry and poetics, reviews by editors. Two issues per year.
Poetry and art. One issue per year. They make it difficult to subscribe as there is no online subscription option. Instead, you are asked to make a phone call to their NYC number.
Naugatuck River Review
Focus on narrative poetry. Two issues per year. One is a contest issue.
Poetry and Reviews, occasional essay. Two issues per year.
Poetry and interviews. Each issue has a section of poems solicited from a particular group, e.g., nurses, attorneys. Two issues per year.
**Southern Poetry Review
Pure poetry. Two issues per year.
Spoon River Poetry Review
Poetry and one very long review essay. Two issues per year.
Sugar House Review
Poetry and reviews. All reviews are also archived online. Two issues per year. A very beautiful journal, perfect bound, glossy paper inside, pretty end pages.
**Tar River Poetry
Poetry, interviews, reviews. Two issues per year.
Two issues per year.
Let me know what I've missed.