Welcome to RockPaperPoem


Poetry can be as foundational as rock, as light as paper, as incisive as honed scissors. At RockPaperPoem, we print poetry that sticks in your throat like a peach pit – undissolvable, unmovable, permanent. We feature poems that glide as easily as paper planes – airy, translucent, even lyrical. But we also want the sharpness of a scythe that cuts away the chaff and may even nick us in the process, leaving a stunning essence.

Watch for our next open reading period this Spring!

At RockPaperPoem, we publish poems that rally to great causes, speak to daily lives, reveal personal passions. Poems on our pages may beguile, yell or whisper, but are heard, understood, and grounded in humanity. Our readers know the poet’s heart, embrace the poem’s intent, hear the poet's words come alive.

RockPaperPoem publishes today's finest poetry from established, emerging and new poets writing in English. We strive to include all cultural identities as we highlight work that expands the boundaries of mainstream poetry, without sacrificing accessibility for experimentation. We applaud and publicize our contributors by nominating for Best of the Net.

“Best of the Net” Nominations Announced

We are pleased to announce our first-ever nominations for “Best of the Net”! Best of the Net is a nationally known, annual competition and anthology recognizing some of the best poems and poets writing today in the digital world. From our first two issues, we nominated the following pieces (in alphabetical order by poet):

Metallurgical” – Micki Blenkush
Presence” – Lauren Camp
Lost Glasses”– Judy DeCroce
If I Had Written That Poem I Could Be Happy All My Life” – Charity Everitt
The Wielding”– Eleanor Kedney
How Light Asks”– Scott Lowery

Congratulations to these talented poets for their beautiful work. We thank all our contributors for making RockPaperPoem a fresh new voice in the community of online journals!


Read Trish Hopkinson's interview with editor Alan Perry.

Read Duotrope®'s interview with editor Alan Perry.