Even though you can't get to the National Poetry Library to catch up with the latest poetry magazines at the moment, there are plenty of ezines you can read online for free.
Here are just a few of our favourites:
UK-based ezine Ink Sweat and Tears edited by prolific poet Helen Ivory is sure to keep readers connected and inspired throughout lockdown. Established names such as Abegail Morley and Kevin Higgins can be found alongside talented emerging writers, with new reviews, poetry and prose pieces being published daily. Readers are invited to vote for their favourite poem each month and lively discussion is encouraged on the ezine's Facebook page.
Harana Poetry doesn't just look pretty - this online poetry magazine offers a platform to poets writing in English as a second language or parallel language. Edited by award-winning poets Romalyn Ante and Kostya Tsolákis, Harana’s mission statement is “to resist singleness of tongue and thought, initiate creative conversations and enlarge possibilities.” They celebrate innovative poems that incorporate languages and dialects other than English, including BSL. Highlights from the current issue include a mesmerising list poem by S Niroshini titled 'Notes on Lunar Theory', and an anti-love poem written after Pablo Neruda’s sonnet XVII, by Malaysian poet Pey Pey Oh. Published three times a year, the next submissions period is between 1-30 April 2020.
Hebe is an online journal with the tagline “The poetry magazine of youth”. It accepts themed submissions of poetry, photographs and illustrations from those aged 18 and under. The magazine was founded in 2017 by Managing Editor, Becca Stacey “to create a space where one such marginalised voice of poetry, poets aged 18 and under, were given a platform dedicated solely to showcasing their work.” At the library, we have seen print magazines publishing the work of children and young people disappear so it’s great to see an online magazine filling this gap.
Reading La Piccioletta Barca, a monthly arts magazine established in 2018, is an immersive experience. Each issue presents a stimulus (previous examples include a Brecht poem, a Polish folk song, and a photograph of beekeepers in Mexico) to which authors are invited to respond however they wish, be this through poetry, fiction, visual art, music, or any other form or genre. While the quality of the editing ensures a sense of aesthetic coherence across each issue, the experimental ambitions of the journal allow for some pleasantly surprising results. Each stimulus is accompanied by a matching Spotify playlist to listen to and enjoy while you peruse the diverse work.