26 July 2014

Poem of the Week



Among our goals at Poets’ Quarterly is to provide our readers with new poetry experiences. That’s why we publish reviews of books we loved to read for one reason or another.

Apart from reviews and literary journals, there are lots of other good places to find new and potentially exciting single poems as well. From the benign to the political, the historical to the verse of the moment, here’s a sampling:

One broad-ranging source is published in The Guardian where a critic named Carol Rumens picks a weekly poem and supplies both the poem and an insightful discussion of it. She picks liberally from many centuries of poetry in English, with a leaning toward the contemporary. There are 364 weeks of archive, so this could keep you busy. 

THEthe Poetry Blog has a youtube channel with lots to choose from--some videos, some audio only, some read by the poets themselves, some read by others. You can also subscribe to their channel to stay updated. 

PotW.org is an online anthology run by a single editor who has been gathering poems and making them available since 1996. PoemoftheWeek.org is a similar anthology started in 2006, but includes interviews, audio, and video. Both seem to give a scholar’s attention to accuracy and publishing rights. 

The Times Literary Supplement brushes up against high-browishness, but that doesn’t hurt, and they’ve got the budget to include first rate companion art. The Missouri Review is a journal of note that highlights a poem each week.

If you’re itching to stretch your horizons, there are international sources for poems of the week, for example from Israel, Ireland and Canada.

Local newspapers and school districts, as well as individual poets, also publish new and reprint weekly poetry, but, as one might suspect, the quality varies. You can also plop “poem of the week” into your search engine and get surprised by how many suppliers there are online.

Just a note, though: Beware of sites featuring POEM of the week where POEM or POEMs is all caps. From the looks of those sites, they’re authoritative CliffsNotes-style podcasts for medical practitioners so they can employ new knowledge more effectively without reading full length studies. Poetry does not seem to be involved.