During 2023 PN Review is celebrating its jubilee. Since we started as Poetry Nation, a twice yearly hardback, in 1973, we’ve been publishing new poetry, rediscoveries, commentary, literary essays, interviews and reviews from around the globe. Our vast archive now includes over 270 issues, with contributions from some of the most important writers of our times. Key authors include Octavio Paz, Laura Riding, John Ashbery, Patricia Beer, W.S. Graham, Eavan Boland, Jorie Graham, Donald Davie, C.H. Sisson, Sinead Morrissey, Sasha Dugdale, Anthony Vahni Capildeo, and many others. For our 250th issue we launched the PN Review 250 Collection here on The Poetry Archive, which includes poems from twenty-five contributors to the magazine over the years.

To mark our fiftieth anniversary, this new selection gathers fifty poems from contributors and includes a number of poems that first appeared in the magazine, from John Ashbery’s ‘What is Poetry’ from PN Review 4 in 1978 and Denise Riley’s ‘Dark Looks’ from issue 100 in 1994 to Marilyn Hacker’s ‘Elegy for a Soldier’ on the death of June Jordan, which appeared in PNR 147 in 2002 and Andrew Wynn Owen’s ‘A Sign at CERN’ from PNR 229 in 2016. As ever we include voices from around the world and across the generations. As contributing editor Anthony Vahni Capildeo puts it: ‘A book can absorb a reader into a world of its own as if it were the one and only. A magazine like PN Review, on the other hand, refracts many aspects of our manifold being in a shared world. I love seeing difference, even creative disagreement, between one set of covers.’

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What Is Poetry - John Ashbery
A Sign at CERN - Andrew Wynn Owen
What do Birds Say? - Gwyneth Lewis
The Lung Wash - Michael Symmons Roberts
Elegy for a Soldier - Marilyn Hacker
The English Astronaut - Simon Armitage
Warming Her Pearls - Carol Ann Duffy
Birmingham River - Roy Fisher
Dark Looks - Denise Riley
A Natural History - Mark Ford
Spinnings - Kelly Grovier
Gloriana Dying - Sylvia Townsend Warner
Being a Human Being - Tom Leonard
Kaspar Hauser - Clive Wilmer
A Rose for Janet - Charles Tomlinson
The Gatehouse - Peter Scupham
The Almond Tree - Jon Stallworthy
Hands - Carole Satyamurti
The enclosures - Lawrence Sail
The Soldier Addresses his Body - Edgell Rickword
Big Bang research - Richard Price
Landscape of the Daylight Moon - Jeremy Hooker
Inhuman Triumphs - Vahni Capildeo
The War Horse - Eavan Boland
Considering the Snail - Thom Gunn
The Loch Ness Monster’s Song - Edwin Morgan
Cold Knap Lake - Gillian Clarke
Speaking in Tongues - Kei Miller
Dear Bryan Wynter - W. S. Graham
Hay-on-Wye - Fiona Sampson
Snakeshead Fritillaries - Anne Ridler
From a Diary of Non-Events – January - Michael Hamburger
Rembrandt’s Late Self-Portraits - Elizabeth Jennings
Song of the Death-Watch Beetle - John Heath Stubbs
I Would Like to be a Dot in a Painting by Miró - Moniza Alvi
Who’s Joking with the Photographer? - Anne Stevenson
The Grandmother’s Tale - Carol Rumens
The Meaning of Life - Ian McMillan
The Bachelor Stripped Bare by his Brides, Even - David Kinloch
Elegant Sibyl - Ruth Fainlight
The Cormorant - Robert Minhinnick