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'PN Review, the political wing of Carcanet Press, is the most engaged, challenging and serious-minded of all the UK's poetry magazines. A shelf of its back issues now extends to over a metre - I hope it continues to increase.' - Simon Armitage
combines discovery and appraisal of new writing with reappraisals, celebrations and advocacies, and it has published a number of important special issues, the first being Crisis for Cranmer and King James.
Another concentrated on the crisis in the Humanities in the face of the development of literary and cultural theory, opening a dialogue between opposing camps. The 100th issue was devoted to A Calendar of Modern Poetry
, a unique anthology of the poetry of last century. PN Review
200 was published in August 2011.Committed to modernism and its aftermaths, PN Review sets vital, alternative agendas for modern poetryPN Review
, established in 1973, champions the work of the New York School (John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara and others); of the Antipodeans (Les Murray, Judith Wright and Bill Manhire); it stands up for the experimental and keeps a weather eye on the poetries of Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Unique in range, it is also a magazine of discovery. Andrew Motion, Blake Morrison, Sophie Hannah, Sujata Bhatt, Sinead Morrissey and Jane Yeh are among those published early on. And it is a journal of re
-discovery, in which W.S. Graham, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Laura Riding have featured.
Poems are accompanied by interviews (Genet, Gunn, Isherwood, Paz, Sciascia), essays, reviews, and reports on issues from around the world.
In the TLS
Marilyn Butler called PNR
, 'The most important current journal concerned with poetry...' George Steiner described it as 'the most incisive voice of a vision of poetry and the arts as central to national life'.
Supplements have been devoted to the work of John Ashbery, George Barker, Donald Davie, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Thom Gunn, F.T. Prince, Stephen Raw, I.A. Richards, Laura Riding, Edgell Rickword, C.H. Sisson, Adrian Stokes, Charles Tomlinson and Sylvia Townsend Warner.