Poet Lore is a biannual print journal of poetry, essays, and reviews. Book-length issues deliver news from the interior—poems that make concerns of our moment both urgent and intimate. Published with the conviction that poetry provides a record of human experience as valuable as history, Poet Lore’s intended audience is broadly inclusive.
Every submission reaches the journal’s editors, Jody Bolz and E. Ethelbert Miller; there are no “first readers.” Their mission, like that of Poet Lore’s founders, is discovery: a commitment to reading poem by poem without regard to reputation. After reviewing nearly 1,000 poems each month, they meet to make choices, reading work aloud, listening for what they haven’t heard before. The editorial exchange with poets often opens into an extensive correspondence.
Unlike most journals, Poet Lore welcomes long poems and sequences. In addition, it publishes portfolios of work by individual poets within its “Poets Introducing Poets” and “World Poets in Translation” features. Bolz and Miller draw upon their skills as poets to arrange each issue in a narrative arc. In this way, Poet Lore invites cover-to-cover reading, bringing diverse poems into conversation with one another.
Poet Lore’s reputation for discovery arises from this unique editorial culture: a commitment to considering each submission with care and engaging authors in a meaningful exchange. The goal is nothing less than offering its readers poems built to last.
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