Shearsman Magazine


Shearsman Magazine Issue 113-114

Number 113 & 114 is the current issue of the magazine, published in October 2017. 108pp, paperback, 8.5 x 5.5ins. ISBN 978-1-84861-541-0. £8.95 / $16. Issue 115 & 116 appears in April 2018.

Samples from back issues are available as free PDF files, from the Back Issues and Older Back Issues pages available via the menu on the left.



Shearsman magazine was founded in 1981 and ran for two years before being folded into the London-based magazine Ninth Decade (later Tenth Decade), together with Oasis and Atlantic Review. The second series of Shearsman began in 1991, in a pamphlet format, and ran roughly quarterly until early 2005, when the format changed again to a half-yearly paperback book — the current issue is shown on the left of your screen. Further details of this history can be found by clicking on Editor in the menu column to your left. Issues 50–66 are also available on this site as PDF downloads, and are replicas of the print versions of the magazine. With effect from issue 63/64, only a sample of the contents of each issue—now much larger, with an average length of 108 pages—was made available online, usually within six months of print publication. Issues appear in print in April and October of each year. The intention is always to be one or two (double) issues in arrears with the PDF sampler versions. Subscription information is here.

The Poetry Library of Great Britain—based on the 5th floor of London's Royal Festival Hall—has a website featuring selected British magazines; their selection includes digitised versions of the six journal issues of Shearsman's first series, as well as the first ten issues from the current series. Click on the bottom link in the menu column to go to the Shearsman part of the site. Edinburgh's Scottish Poetry Library also carries physical copies of the magazine.

The Recommendations section of this site includes famous old books, unknown new books, unjustly neglected books and generally all those poetry volumes that I think should be read by right-thinking readers. This is a never-ending process and the recommendations will continue to be revised as further titles occur to me, or as my opinions change. I make no apology for the rampant subjectivity of these lists, or for the fact that many of the pages are now quite some years out of date.

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