Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry magazine began with the "Open Door":
May the great poet we are looking for never find it shut, or half-shut, against his ample genius! To this end the editors hope to keep free of entangling alliances with any single class or school. They desire to print the best English verse which is being written today, regardless of where, by whom, or under what theory of art it is written.
The magazine has since been in continuous publication for more than 100 years, making it the oldest monthly magazine devoted to verse in the English language.
Today, Poetry regularly presents new work by the most recognized poets, but its primary commitment is still to discover new voices: more than a third of the poets published in recent years have been new to the magazine. Translations are published throughout the year and in an annual translation issue to deepen readers’ engagement with foreign-language poetry. Poetry is also known for its enlivening “Comment” section, featuring book reviews, essays, and “The View from Here” column, which highlights artists, professionals, and others from outside the poetry world writing about their experience of poetry.