A limited number of free copies of the April 2011 issue of Poetry magazine will be available to book clubs and reading groups that request them by February 20. Issues will ship in late March, and reading groups will receive their copies for consideration during National Poetry Month. Reading communities can discuss thought-provoking Poetry content—both commentary and poems—or simply read the issue aloud.
Requests, including only one mailing address per reading group, will be accepted online. Because of the cost of shipping and handling, each group is limited to 10 free copies. In return, the magazine will ask for a brief account of your group’s experience.
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Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet.
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