Canto aims to publish poetry that adds something new to our understanding of the world; poems written not only with conviction, but with sensibility and musicality too.

Poems that have vision ‒ are communicative, transformative, and far reaching in meaning yet written in the lyric tradition - new poems that our readers will remember and return to...

* We are now inviting submissions on the theme Carpe diem. Deadline Nov. 30th 2015. See our submissions page for more details.


You can read Canto Volume One here. It includes poems by George Szirtes, Rebecca Goss, Philip Gross, Jacob Polley, David Morley, Peter Carpenter, Helen Ivory, Kelvin Corcorran, Graham Mort, W N Herbert, Ian Duhig, Ben Smith, Joanne Limburg. 

Future plans include inviting guest editors to select the poems included in forthcoming volumes - and some editions will be themed.

Canto was founded thanks to the legacy of Lionel Weiner, in memory of his wife Joan Weiner, who read English at the University of Exeter and who loved poetry. Our thanks also to other sponsors: Alumni Fund (University of Exeter) and Wordquest Devon.