The Centenary Edition of Poetry Review


Now “One hundred years and counting…” – Poetry Review celebrates a century

Poetry Review celebrates its hundredth birthday with a special centenary edition. As editor Fiona Sampson says, it is “older than votes for women, or passenger flight”, in an era “before world wars, before antibiotics, before we split the atom or went to the moon.”

The Review is Britain’s oldest and most widely-read poetry publication. The Guardian calls it the national ‘magazine of record’. With new work from the country’s most important poets showcased alongside debutants, this issue continues and celebrates the Review’s central role in poetry over the past century, an era stretching from Rupert Brooke to Carol Ann Duffy.

‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ runs through this issue.

‘Something Old’ symbolises continuity with the past. We delve into translations of Anglo-Saxon classics from Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon and others, while Elaine Feinstein reviews recent BBC coverage of forgotten poets.

‘Something New’ presents entirely new poetry from debut and established poets, including the very latest work from  Seamus Heaney, Peter Porter, Gwyneth Lewis, Jo Shapcott, Fleur Adcock and others. We also feature debut poets and showcase the formation of a dynamic new writing group, and showcase interns’ reviews.

‘Something Borrowed’ looks at translation and adaptation. Boyd Tonkin examines versions of Phèdre; we look at how
established figures are passing the baton to emerging poets; the street-and-bar song of Portuguese Fado are featured
alongside a new form, the ‘Diasporenga’.

‘Something Blue’ takes on a bridal giddiness with love poems from Neil Rollinson and Jenny Joseph: and ending in CK Williams on the music of poetry.