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Happy 200th Issue, PN Review | 09-Jul-11

When the first issue of Poetry Nation emerged in 1973, W. L. Webb in the Guardian noted its 'elevated stroppiness of tone and a sense of breaking new ground that I haven't come across for some time.'  Within a few years Poetry Nation had become PN Review and it has continued to entertain and provoke ever since. Now, with its July/August 2011 issue, the magazine which John Ashbery has called 'probably the most informative and entertaining poetry journal in the English-speaking world' will celebrate the 200th publication of its heady brew of letters, news, reports, interviews, essays, translations, reviews and, of course, poetry from new and established poets.

Meanwhile, their recently launched online archive is worth a look. You'll need to subscribe for full access but the free content is definitely worth exploring. The editorials offer a grand tour through the last four decades of the poetry universe as viewed from PN Review Towers. When their offices in Manchester's  Corn Exchange were destroyed in the IRA bombing of 1996, editor Michael Schmidt described its stakeholder crew of writers, readers, subscribers and supporters as the 'unrendable fabric' which saw them through the crisis. You might even find yourself signing up for the onward journey.

You can also read early issues of the magazine on the Poetry Library's magazines site here: www.poetrymagazines.org.uk

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