| 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?
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 email@example.com
Which poets would you say you have discovered?
early work from William
Carlos Williams, Hugh MacDiarmid, Charles
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
What kind of poetry would you like to see
Oversentimental, cliché ridden poetry;
poetry with dumdidum rhymes; poetry
that is badly crafted and poetry that does
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
limited editions of an individual's poems, see Agenda Editions.