How long has the magazine been going and how was it founded?

The idea for Agenda grew from William Cookson's visit to Brunnenburg in the Tyrol where Ezra Pound had come to live with his daughter and son-in-law in 1958. It was founded by William Cookson and Pound at Pound's instigation.

Is there a story behind the name?

Agenda translates as "things needing to be done". At first is was also linked by William to cranky politics, then, in 1962, it became mainly concerned with the publication of poetry.

What is you editorial policy?

To promote young, talented voices through the Broadsheets and to promote new voices, and undeservedly neglected voices, as well as work by established poets in the magazine. Also to bring to English-speaking audiences poetry from other cultures that they would not normally have access to.

How many submissions do you get per year?

Around 2000.

How many poems do you publish per issue?

This varies between 50 and 70 for the magazine, 25 for the Broadsheets.

How many books can you review per issue?

Up to 25 (including round-ups).

How should poems be submitted?

Send no more than six poems, with address and biography, including age (as the Broadsheet poets are 16-mid 30s), to

Which poets would you say you have discovered?

Agenda published early work from William Carlos Williams, Hugh MacDiarmid, Charles Tomlinson, Ted Hughes, C H Sisson, Geoffrey Hill, David Jones, Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Jennings, Roy Fuller, Louis Zukofsky, Peter Levi, and, more recently, John Burnside and Kerry Hardie.

What kind of poetry would you like to see less of?

Oversentimental, cliché ridden poetry; poetry with dumdidum rhymes; poetry that is badly crafted and poetry that does not come from the heart.

Are you subsidised by a Regional Arts Board or Arts Council?

Yes, by the Arts Council England.

Do you publish books too?

Agenda Editions is Agenda's own publishing company. We produce small, beautifully printed, limited editions of an individual's poems, see Agenda Editions.

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