The Poetry Library, UK
www.poetrylibrary.org.uk An excellent national resource, online and on location. This is the Saison Poetry Library housing the Arts Council Poetry Collection at Southbank Centre. There is an electronic archive of every known UK poetry magazine, and you can subscribe to a regular newsletter giving recent poetry publications received, poetry events throughout the UK, competitions, major/small press/ebook publishers listed, and so on.
Scottish Poetry Library
The SPL in Edinburgh is one of three poetry libraries in the UK, but the only one to be independently constituted and housed. It is the only poetry house in the world to have an extensive lending library at its core. The SPL has over 2,000 registered borrowers.
Northern Poetry Library
The NPL in Morpeth, Northumberland, UK houses some 15,000 volumes.
Poetry International The Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam, a meeting of many languages and cultures. Access over 1,000 articles from more than 80 countries.
The Poetry Society, UK
www.poetrysociety.org.uk “Our mission is to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry.” Founded 1909, this UK charity has nearly 4,000 members worldwide. Publishes the quarterly magazine Poetry Review (128-page) and quarterly members’ newsletter Poetry News (8-page newspaper format). Any poetry group can apply to be listed as a ‘Stanza’ of the Society.
Poetry Foundation, USA
www.poetryfoundation.org The Poetry Foundation, based in Chicago, publisher of Poetry magazine (monthly except bi-monthly July/Aug), is an independent organization “committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. We exist to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.” -More about Poetry Foundation here. Browse literally thousands of catalogued poems via the website, receive a poem every day by e-mail, listen to audio tracks, read in-depth critical reviews of poems. An incredible and well-organised resource.
The Poetry Society of America
‘The oldest poetry organization’ in the USA, founded in New York in 1910 by prominent poets, professors, editors, and passionate readers of poetry who were distinguished in other fields. We present fifty to sixty programs annually, an award-winning Chapbook Fellowship Program, and our signature national program, Poetry in Motion, which has reached tens of millions in its seventeen-year history. ‘We aim to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.’ Details here – PSA
Poetry Book Society, UK
Founded by T S Eliot and friends in 1953, the Poetry Book Society is a unique poetry society, providing information, guidance and discounts on the best contemporary poetry for a wide-ranging community of readers. The PBS is the biggest dedicated poetry bookseller in the UK.
Poetry Can Bristol-based charity supporting poetry across the South West.
Recommended by members
Anthony Wilson Poet and writing tutor, Graduate School of Education, Exeter Uni.
Angle – ‘a journal of poetry in English’
Ink Sweat & Tears – webzine of ‘reviews, poetry, prose, prose-poetry…’.
Lighten Up – quarterly light verse webzine.
Happenstance – a publisher.
Snakeskin – poetry webzine.
A selection of local poetry groups PS indicates a stanza of the UK’s Poetry Society
Barking Library Poetry Group based in Barking, London (Archived page)
Beehive Poets based in Bradford, Yorkshire (Archived page)
Cannon Poets based in Moseley, Birmingham
East Coker Poetry Group based in East Coker, Nr Yeovil, Somerset
Essex Poetry and Prose Society based in Stebbing, Essex PS
Kent and Sussex Poetry based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent PS
Mole Valley Poets based in Dorking, Surrey PS
Moor Poets i.e Dartmoor
Poole Poetry Group based in Poole, Dorset PS
Slipstream Poets based in Storrington, West Sussex
Talliston Poetry Circle based in Great Dunmow, Essex. (Archived page)
Waterfront Writers based in Plymouth, Devon PS