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
Marjorie Perloff (1931-2024)
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2024-03-26

The Journal is deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Marjorie Perloff, one of the most distinguished critics of innovative poetry of her generation, and a founding member of the journal's editorial board, at her home in California. She was 92. It's hard to imagine what the reception of innovative poetry in the US would have been like without Perloff's monumental contribution over [...]

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Towards a Collective Poetics
Posted by Eleanor Careless on 2024-01-10

Western ideas of both the production and reception of poetry often emphasise the individuality of the poet or the reader. Dominant conceptions of the act of writing poetry can thus frame it in narrow individualist-expressive terms. At the same time, Sam Solomon has described the study of poetry in the UK as closely shaped by a “lyric pedagogy” – a practice of reading poetry in a closed [...]