Colorado Poets Center E-Words Issue #10

What Colorado Poets Are Reading

(Bob King)

A month ago, we asked poets on the CPC site what literary magazines they subscribed to or read frequently as well as what on-line resources they frequently used. We’re still organizing the results of the on-line magazines and will let you know in the next issue of E-Words but here are the results for print-magazines.

Thirty-two writers responded, and thirty sent a list.            

With 13 subscribers or on-line viewers, Poetry was the most frequently mentioned, followed by The New Yorker (8) and American Poetry Review (7). Pilgrimage and Rattle were next with 4 each, and two each identified Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Tar River Poetry and Threepenny Review.

Although the single-reader list is long, you may appreciate seeing the titles, and perhaps checking out the magazine or its website on your own. Here are the ABCs: 32 Poems, A Public Space, African Voices, After Hours, Atlanta Review, Alimentum, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bitter Oleander, Blue Mesa Review, Boston Review, Cave Wall, Colorado Review, Concho River Review, Confrontation, and Cutthroat.

Moving down the alphabet: Field, Fifth Wednesday, Georgia Review, Harp-Strings Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Home Planet News, Hudson Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Laurel Review, Light, The Lyric, Main Street Rag, Many Mountains Moving, Matter, and Measure.

And, winding up: New England Review, New Mexico Magazine, New York Quarterly, Pleiades, Poetry Flash, Poetry Inter-national, Prairie Schooner, Real Simple, Rhino, The Same, Small Press Review, Southern Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Sun, Verse, and VOLT.

Whatever you make of this variety, and you could let us know via e-mail, you’ll have to agree it’s a variety. 

Imagine a Colorado town where one poet is reading VOLT, one is engrossed in Main Street Rag, and another in The Lyric. Let a thousand flowers bloom.

Perhaps one of our problems is the concept of Poetry as a single unified concept. In fact, for a very long time, there have been several different, often mutually exclusive strands of poetry around. Tony Frazer