Bareknuckle Poet  

Bareknuckle Poet ~ Journal of Letters ISSN 2204 – 0420.

(Formerly Retort Magazine) We favour the cutting edge over the blunt of the handle and the avant-garde over backward walking.

Archived by the National Library of Australia our imprint Bareknuckle Books publishes an annual print anthology of writing previously appearing in the journal.

Publishing on a semi-regular itinerary, we welcome submissions all year round.

“For those who protest that most of these thousands of journals can be dismissed as marginal—that we need pay attention to only a handful of “prestigious” ones, like Poetry and The New Yorker-—may I suggest that there could be a few Blakes or Dickinsons swimming with the guppies in that wide prosodic sea? If a truly titanic poet were to appear, wouldn’t one of the less visible but more adventuresome journals—-Retort Magazine, say (“we favor the cutting edge over the blunt of the handle, the avant-garde over backward walking”)—be more likely to be his or her publisher than would status-conscious professional journals like Ploughshares and American Poetry Review?”

– David Alpaugh, The New Math of Poetry, The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education Washington D.C, U.S.A Feb 21, 2010


All works published by Bareknuckle Poet are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Please submit no more than three of your best previously unpublished poems. You will receive a reply, but please be patient. We receive large numbers of poems for consideration. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please inform us if your poem/poems are published elsewhere before you hear from us.

If your poetry is visual, please submit under the Visual Poetry category.

Submit visual works here.

  1. graphic poetry (.jpg, .png, .gif, etc)
  2. Spoken word (video - please upload your film to youtube or vimeo and submit the URL *don't attach your raw file)
  3. Instagram poems (we'll embed if your profile is public so submit the URLs of your works)
Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters