About this Journal

The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry centres on poetic writings appearing in Britain and Ireland since the late 1950s. These varied poetic practices have been described as avant-garde, underground, linguistically innovative, second-wave Modernist, neo-modernist, non-mainstream, the British Poetry Revival, the parallel tradition, formally innovative, or experimental and which have been produced in geographic clusters, such as the Cambridge School or the London School or Morden Tower. However, we are also seeking to represent uncategorised and independent voices that might fall through the cracks between different schools or clusters.

These posited movements were networked with a variety of formal and conceptual poetics, including: concrete poetry; performance writing; hybrid writing; writing that explores the interplay between orality and literacy; Black studies; diasporic approaches; translational and translingual experiments; macaronic writing and hybridisations of the English language.

The Journal recognises that these terms, and the communities of writers and readers they refer to, are always shifting, contested and sometimes controversial. As such, we are interested in a critical and expansive understanding of ‘innovative’ poetic writing, both within and extending beyond the bounds of the particular traditions outlined here.

Latest News Posts
A Tribute to Lawrence Upton
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2021-11-24

The Argotist, edited by Jeffrey Side, has published a tribute to Lawrence Upton (1949-2020) featuring materials from Robert Hampson, Peter Finch, Richard Kessling and Scott Thurston. You can read the tribute here.

Peter Larkin and Dominic Hand
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2021-11-10

The subject of a recent special issue Peter Larkin and contributor Dominic Hand will be reading at a Zoom event, 3-4.30pm on 11 Nov, on poetry and the Anthropocene. The readings will be followed by a discussion with opportunities for audience members to join in. This event is hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and will be chaired by Simon Collings, who also contributed [...]