And Other Poems was created by Josephine Corcoran in 2012, and published poems until December 2018 when it took a long break. The site’s tagline “simply a website of poems” reflects that poems are presented without commentary, laid out as the poet wishes with a link to a publisher’s site and the poet’s website at the foot of each post. The original aim of And Other Poems was to publish poems that otherwise would not have been available online, for instance new, previously unpublished poems, out of print poems, poems published in print but not online, and competition poems not published anywhere. All poets have given consent for their work to be featured and copyright remains with them.
In November 2020, in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic and a second national UK lockdown and as a gesture of support to the poetry community, And Other Poems again opened its doors to submissions of new, previously unpublished poems for a short time. In the following posts, you can read a round-up of poems published in November 2020, December 2020 and January 2021.
In May 2016, Rishi Dastidar kindly accepted Josephine’s invitation to co-edit at And Other Poems for the May submissions window. In May 2017, Rishi Dastidar was invited to introduce and publish the work of poets from the development scheme The Complete Works at And Other Poems. Huge thanks to Rishi for his fantastic contribution to the site and his ongoing support.
In January 2015, The British Library requested permission to archive And Other Poems in its Open UK Web Archive (Special Collections – Blogs – Arts & Humanities – Literature).
In 2016 Emily Blewitt’s poem This Is Not a Rescue, first published by And Other Poems, was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and published in the Forward Anthology. 2016 was the first year that online magazines were eligible to submit poems to the Forward Prizes.
In 2019 Sarah Hymas’ poem Whale-boned Corset and Other Relics first published by And Other Poems was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and published in the Forward Anthology.
In November 2020, six poems first published or scheduled to be published at And Other Poems in 2020 were sent as nominations to the Pushcart Prize. The poems are ‘Mother as a list of locations’ by Joanna Ingham // ‘Mercy’ by Kathy Pimlott // ‘Short Story’ by Laura Scott // ‘Little Delivery’ by Suzanne Iuppa // ‘Night heart’ by Ramona Herdman // ‘Remedy against new hatreds and the common cold’ by Alexandra Citron.