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Shearsman magazine was founded in 1981 and ran for two years before being folded into the London-based magazine Ninth Decade (later Tenth Decade), together with Oasis and Atlantic Review. The second series of Shearsman began in 1991, in a pamphlet format, and ran roughly quarterly until early 2005, when the format changed again to a half-yearly paperback book.

If the journal has a ruling aesthetic, it is one informed by international modernism and by the more radical kinds of poetry that appeared in the USA and the UK in the 1950s and 1960s. It is not an exclusive magazine though, and remains open to all comers, wherever they may come from and whoever they may be, conservative or radical: the important thing is the quality of the writing.

Editor: Tony Frazer

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