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Submit International Poetry and Poetry in Translation.

Submit international poetry and Poetry in translation.
M J Iuppa

Strandhill Beach in May. M.J. Iuppa

Strandhill Beach in May                          ...

Dick Jones- New Poetry

BERTRAGHBOY BAY Where the ironstone wall gathers fuscia and salt; where the swifts stitch blue air to the scrub-grass; where herring gulls mob the heron; where cormorants hang wings on the...

Featured Poet Brian Kirk

Light After Dark The morning, after dark, gives way to light, the house silent but for the humming fridge and creaking walls. Listen carefully and you can hear...
Matt Duggan Poetry

Five New Poems by Matt Duggan

The Citadel Metal spikes made from blue glass and silver are unhooked – pierced inside shop entrances when closed like dystopian fly- traps laid out to deter...

5 poems by Beth McDonough

30th October 3.5°C. Dawn air hoars grass. These suddenly important numbers. Facts which matter under trees which glorious down their Hallowe’en clothes. No matter, really to skin into this sea foot...

5 poems by Jude Brigley

SPILT SUGAR Why do your children remember that one time when you lost your rag over spilt sugar? And it was only a gentle smack on the...
Ben Hession

Earth – Ben Hession

AND THEY’VE FOUND ICARUS... wings outstretched at fate’s final kick, drawn by the wet light of...
susan howard

The scandalous mathematics of grace

Susan Howard writes about what affects her and what she observes in NZ and on the world stage.
Nadia Rhook

Broome Speak by Nadia Rhook

Nadia Rhook is a white settler historian, educator, and poet.
Clint Wastling

Brimstone by Clint Wastling

Clint Wastling’s poetry has been published in Dream Catcher, Strix, Marble and online with The Algebra of Owls.
Ben Verinder

The shorthand test.

Ben Verinder is the biographer of the adventurer and writer Mary Burkett.
Glenn Hubbard

2 Poems by Glen Hubbard

Glenn Hubbard had a poem entered for the Forward Prize 2018
Yi-Wen Huang

Love Numbers

Yi-Wen Huang is from Taiwan and an Associate Professor of English and Linguistics at UNM-Gallup.
poems by Lincoln Jaques

A cremation

Lincoln Jaques was a finalist and in the 2018 Emerging Poets.
Hibah Shabkhez

One Man’s Cliché

Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition
Terese Coe

Sociopath by Terese Coe

Terese Coe's collection Shot Silk was short-listed for the 2017 Poets Prize
Daragh Byrne

Poetry by Daragh Byrne

Daragh Byrne writes informed by his background in physics, a dedicated mindfulness practice and a career building technology.
Jenny Blackford

5 Poems by Jenny Blackford

Jenny Blackford scooped the prestigious ACU Prize for Literature 2014
Clare Morris

El Medol, Tarragona

Clare Morris regularly collaborates with the abstract artist, Nigel Bird
Yvonne Brewer

Absence Yvonne Brewer

Yvonne Brewer lives in Cork, Ireland and has had poetry published since 2014
Krishna Lewis

Assam. Poetry by Krishna Lewis

Krishna Lewis the Fellows Program Director at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.
Ellen Shelley

Too long this Temporary

Featured Poet Anne Tannam

Anne Tannam speaks to Clara Burghelea

Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon...
Andrea Potos

Interval in late June

Andrea Potos is the author of nine poetry collections
Alina Stefanescu

The Burden of My Star

Alina Stefanescu was a finalist for the 2019 Kurt Brown AWP Prize,

Irradiated Love

Irradiated Love How I enjoy seeing you in your  paper shoes and hat and lilac scrubs, Do...
manoj nair

Dragon Flies & The Funeral

Manoj Nair lives in Bangalore, India. He writes short stories, poems and haiku.


Stephen House has won two Awgie Awards (Australian Writers Guild),
Chris Jansen


Chris Jansen cares for a disinterested guinea pig named Poozybear.
Christopher Kennedy

Forty-one children

Chris Christopher Kennedy is a Mandarin scholar, poet, journalist and author.
R.G. Evans

The Fantastic End of America

R.G. Evans published works include Overtipping the Ferryman (Aldrich Press Poetry Prize 2013)
Dana St. Mary

Yet another poem about coming home to croaking frogs

Dana St. Mary is a poet and father and husband living in Portland, Oregon

These are the Thoughts

John Berryman said our poetry should be something no one else could do. I've tried to focus on that idea.
Jill Neimark

After The Fight, The Paint

Jill Neimark is the author of adult and children's fiction, as well as a journalist
Jack Houston

The Present

Jack Houston was shortlisted for the Basil Bunting and Keats-Shelley Prizes.

Small town big wet. Poetry from Ivy Ireland

Ivy Ireland was runner-up in the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize 2019 with her poem, "The Owl Inside".
Brent Cantwell

Gated community by Brent Cantwell

Brent Cantwell is a New Zealand writer from Timaru, South Canterbury
Kymm Coveney

Looping Gravity

Kymm Coveney co-hosts a multilingual poetry recital series in Barcelona, Poémame.
Marc Woodward

Weightless in San Francisco

Marc Woodward is an Anglo/American poet and musician living in rural South West England
Deborah Guzzi

Sea Gulled

Deborah Guzzi is the author of The Hurricane available through Prolific Press.
Philip Muir

Life and Conflict in 2019 New Zealand

Philip Muir savours the power of words as both a mode of communication and as an art form.

A Venetian Pizzeria at 8 pm

Chloe Marer enjoys gardening, baking, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Kitty Coles

Prophecy’ and ‘Harpies’

Kitty Coles' poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies
Michele Bermudez


Michelle Bermudez is a Latina poet who received her MFA in creative writing at Adelphi University
Paul Turley

Kurt Vonnegut

Paul Turley is currently studying for a Master of Philosophy degree.
James Finnegan

Dry Bones

James Finnegan - shortlisted for Hennessy Literary Award (2018), highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition (2016, 2018)
Bree Alexander

Reflections on home, foreign places and the body

Bree Alexander (also Lika Posamari) writes poetry and more in or between Melbourne and New Delhi.
Emily Bilman

The New Order

Dr. Emily Bilman teaches poetry in Geneva as London’s Poetry Society’s Stanza representative.
Hana Meighan


Hana Meighan is currently finishing her undergraduate English degree at Ulster University Coleraine.

John Kaprielian Poetry

Tins of Dust They say you should change your spices every year or they lose potency and aroma but in the back of my spice cabinet behind the cinnamon-sticks and whole...
'small inheritances' belinda zhawi

small inheritances’ by belinda zhawi -Reviewed

small inheritances' by belinda zhawi -Reviewed by Emma Lee
Charlotte McCormac

Beach Watch – Charlotte McCormac

SLIPPING THE SHELVES Skim shelves of old typography, letters that have faded into age. Some in their ninth...
E A Gleeson

Poetry by E.A Gleeson

This sky we share Just-built houses  stretch upwards lunging at ocean views  angling out inlanders blocking...
Poet Derek Sellen

Derek Sellen reads his own work ‘Betty Fox is skipping’

Transcript   Betty Fox is skipping           ...
Rosemary McLeish

Rosemary McLeish reads her own work, Skeleton

Rosemary McLeish is a prize-winning author who has published widely in journals and anthologies, both in print and on-line
John McCullogh’

John McCullough – Flock of Paper Birds

John's latest collection, 'Reckless Paper Birds' is published by Penned in the Margins in 2019 and was shortlisted for The Costa Book Awards.