32 Poems

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32 Poems Magazine (32 Poems) is a literary magazine, founded in the American states of Maryland and Texas in 2003, that has published poems from writers around the world.


This independent magazine, founded by Deborah Ager and John Poch, made its debut at the 2003 Associated Writing Programs Conference in Baltimore, Maryland and publishes a winter issue in November and a spring issue in April. In the beginning, 32 Poems published only poetry. Since at least the Fall of 2013 it also publishes.[1] Each issue contains 32 poems for a total of 64 poems published per year.

Board members include: C. Dale Young, B.H. Fairchild, Deborah Ager, and Grace Schulman.

32 Poems is currently edited by George David Clark.[2]


Contributors have included: Billy Collins, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Lydia Davis, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, A.E. Stallings, William Logan, G.C. Waldrep, Rosemary Winslow, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Chad Davidson, Paul Guest, Bob Hicok, H. L. Hix, James Hoch, Lia Purpura, Daniel Nester, Dan O'Brien, Robin Beth Schaer, Amit Majmudar, Lisa Russ Spaar, Bernadette Geyer, J.E. Pitts, Stephen Graham Jones, Lydia Davis, Katie Umans, Averill Curdy, Steven D. Schroeder, Christopher Cessac, Katie Chaple, Emily Walter, Diana Smith Bolton, Kelli Russell Agodon, Amanda Auchter, Andrea Hollander Budy, Jacqueline Kolosov, Sebastian Matthews, Daniele Pantano.[3]



32 Poems is a new literary journal built on the model provided by One Story magazine – every issue contains, simply, 32 poems – no reviews, no letter from the editor, no fiction. It has generated a lot of buzz in the literary community, and for once, the buzz was deserved; this modest little 5 ½ by 8 ½ saddle-stapled journal contained a dazzling array of poetry.[4]

32 Poems once again impressed me, in its inimitable way, with the contrast between its modest appearance and superb content. The 32 poems (yes, hence the name of the magazine) in this issue lean heavily towards the lyric, and most have a playful sense of language that extends, at times, to their subjects.[5]

32 Poems could have taken a more minimalist approach to poetry, as its design and layout would suggest, but instead it touches on every fundamental poetic theme—life, sex, change, death—with the varied imagination of the finest journals around.[6]

In case you were wondering, yes, 32 Poems is just that—a journal of thirty-two poems, one to a page. This issue's works, chosen by guest editor Carrie Jerrell, are mostly of a straightforward, narrative style, with a couple of wryly amusing “list” poems kicking things off.[7]

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