Published three times annually. ISSN: 1465-6213.
Oxford Poetry began with the undergraduates of 1910-13, as an annual volume published by Blackwell's. Then as now it was edited by student writers, among them Dorothy L. Sayers, Aldous Huxley, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, Kingsley Amis, Anthony Thwaite and John Fuller. It was revived as a more outward-looking journal by Mick Imlah, Nicholas Jenkins, Bernard O'Donoghue and others in 1983: for more history, see the consolidated index on these web pages to every contributor and issue of the twentieth century. Awarding the 1995 Richard Ellmann Prize, Seamus Heaney wrote of that year's issues:
Each issue has a theme and contains poetry and prose in roughly equal measure. The new issue for Spring 2000, Volume XI number 1, is our ninetieth birthday edition and, at 88 pages, the largest ever published: it includes previously unpublished writing by W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Louis MacNeice.
Volume XI number 1 was published on 26 April 2000 and is on sale now
Volume X number 1 looks at modern French poetry and interviews Simon Armitage; number 2 features American formalism, a translation seminar by Michael Hoffman and an interview with Jo Shapcott, and number 3 is a town and country issue, interviewing Bernard O'Donoghue , including in full John Fuller's first large-scale poem since 1995, Round and Round, and featuring Italian poets of the city.
Oxford Poetry has published poetry by writers as diverse as Amy Clampitt, Wendy Cope, Robert Crawford, Carol Ann Duffy, Terry Eagleton, Gavin Ewart, Elizabeth Garrett, Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Jennings, Glyn Maxwell, Richard Murphy, Craig Raine, Mary Jo Slater, Ann Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Susan Wicks and Hugo Williams. See the growing series of electronic texts from Oxford Poetry housed on this web site for further examples.
True to the spirit of what began as a review of undergraduate talent, Oxford Poetry retains a connection with the University and its poets, but submissions of previously unpublished work are welcomed from any source. (Please include brief biographical details and a SAE.) We hope to find room for a few longer works in each issue (recent poems have varied in length from five words to 851 lines) but will, of course, choose each poem on its own merits. In order to judge work on an equal basis, we do not accept submissions by email.
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