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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.

Established by Charlotte Porter and Helen Clarke in 1889, Poet Lore is the nation’s oldest poetry journal. It has published world-famous poets and new writers side by side throughout its long history. Founded as a forum on “Shakespeare, Browning, and the Comparative Study of Literature,” Poet Lore soon sought out the original work of living writers from around the world. Among its enthusiastic early subscribers was Walt Whitman himself. 

Executive editors Jody Bolz and E. Ethelbert Miller have worked together on the magazine since 2002, reading all submissions without regard to reputation. Visit www.poetlore.com for more information.  





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Poet Lore is a biannual print journal of poetry, essays, and reviews, published with the conviction that poetry provides a record of human experience as valuable as history. Book-length issues deliver news from the interior—poems that make concerns of our moment both urgent and intimate. 

Please note: Subscribing to the journal is optional and has no bearing on the status of your submission.


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