Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Top Five

I'm asking for new journal subscriptions this Christmas and I would love your recommendations. Out of all the literary mags out there give me your top five. Those journals that consistently publish work you love. The lit mags you can't wait to see in your mailbox.


Charles said...

1. Bloom2. Hayden's Ferry Review3. Gulf Coast4. Barrow Street5. Swinkand bonus number 6. 42opus (at http://www.42opus.com)

Jeannine said...

It's hard to get my list down to 5! Let's see, Hayden's Ferry, Crab Orchard Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, 88, 32 Poems...(and Rattle, Diner, and Poetry for the letters and reviews)

Zachary Schomburg said...

Chuck and Jean have it all wrong. Here you go:
1. The Canary
2. Fence
3. No
4. Good Foot
5. The Hat
6. Verse
7. 6x6 (Ugly Duckling Presse)
8. Forklift, Ohio
9. Skanky Possum
10. Jubilat

Jeannine said...

Hey, I like Canary too! But she did ask for the top 5...you have to stop somewhere! I read about fifteen journals a month, so it's hard to pick just a handful.

Anonymous said...


Steve Mueske

Ivy said...

If you feel like going international, I'd recommend Meanjin [Australia], HEAT [Australia], Magma [UK], Ambit [UK] and The Stinging Fly [Ireland].

Suzanne said...

Thanks, ya'll!

Whimsy said...

I'd ask for APR at $14.95 a year (9.95 when they're running a special), just to get a feel for what's going on and who's hot, and what, in PoBiz. Then Poetry at $35 for 12 issues (17.50 for students or gift subscriptions, the latter for regular subscribers) for the reviews and letters to the editor and to read the pinnacle of mainstream poetry. Then, it starts to depend upon your taste and aesthetics. Canary is good and pretty eclectic. 32 Poems is a pretty solid deal for $12. Fence is a pretty definitive publication of the post avant, but people tend to love it or hate it - ditto most of Zachary's selections. I like to read a range of work, but some don't -- so you don't see a lot of households with Crab Orchard and 3d Bed on the same bookshelf. Heck. Can you get to a bookstore and read through a couple?

Suzanne said...

Hey Whims,
I've had subscriptions to APR, Poetry, and others, but a lot of the newer journals aren't in my bookstore so I'm so glad to get all these suggestions. So far it looks like Jubilat is a sure thing and a couple of others mentioned here and elsewhere. Thanks!

Kelli Russell Agodon - Book of Kells said...

My favs:

32 Poems
Beloit Poetry Review
88 (though I'm not sure they take subscriptions, but you can buy copies online)
Crab Orchard Review