This is a blog filled with resource links for those who would like to explore free verse.
I've included links to both journals and good articles on poetics.
Here are some good journals that feature contemporary poetry written by living, breathing poets (yes! they exist beyond Poetrysoup!)
If we don’t want poetry to die, then as poets we need to read more than just dead poets (yeah, yeah, I know that Dead Poet’s Society was a great film... but if we are to keep poetry alive and well, we must read work written after Y2K, too (note I said TOO. We can read past works as well as current works!)
These are some of my faves, but they may not be yours... below this list is a link to the Poets & Writers cool database on literary journals. The database has THOUSANDS of magazines. I bet there is a journal out there that YOU would like :)
I’m not suggesting you read all of these. I’m not even suggesting you read ANY of these. I’m just supplying some cool links.
I will say this: if you read just ONE recently published poem (or one article) a day, you will better understand free verse poetry, your skills will improve and you will gain insight and confidence.
Okay... The Journals:
Rattle Magazine has an eclectic mix of poetry worth exploring
Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2)
Thrush Poetry Journal
The Adirondack Review
The Brooklyn Quarterly, literary journal
The Puritan (Literary Journal)
The Bluebonnet Review
The American Journal of Poetry
Boxcar Poetry Review
Cordite Poetry Review (Australia)
The Fieldstone Review
The New Quarterly (Archived Issues!)
Meadow (the literary and arts journal of Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.)
Here is a fantastic free resource to find more literary journals. Something for everyone. Some are even dedicated to FORMS ;) If you don’t like any of the above, there are thousands to peruse through.
Some are print and can cost $8.00 - $40
But there are many free online journals.
Remember, free journal=poets paid nothing.
POETS & WRITERS LIST OF LITERARY MAGAZINES
HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO POETRY DEVICES AND SOME OTHER GOOD ARTICLES ABOUT POETRY IN GENERAL.
Poetic devices and attributes:
On improving your writing
On Figurative language
On Evoking Emotion
On free verse line and stanza breaks
(with Sharon Olds!)
Types of Free Verse
Editing/Revising -- How to improve your poetry
On Comprehending Esoteric Poetry