Blackbox Manifold is an online forum with a slant towards innovative poetry that has prose, narrative, or sequences in its sights. That said, we don’t hold allegiance to any one poetry school or group, and we’re happy to receive submissions from established and emerging poets alike.

Our aim is to present new juxtapositions of voice while using the web’s fluid solidity to cast around for as wide and varied a readership as possible. The journal is continuingly archived by the British Library in its Web Archive.

On occasion, a current topic or event will be the focus for an issue - in bringing together poems that warp current woofs our hope is that some news, at least, may be broken. Voices that record by trembling are always welcome. But to ensure that we don’t settle into familiar patterns, guest editors will also occasionally be invited to take charge of an issue and solicit new work. Calling on a range of poets for editorial advice is fundamental to our own collaborative approach.


The journal is edited by Alex Houen and Adam Piette.

Alex Houen teaches English Literature at the University of Cambridge.

Adam Piette is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Sheffield.

Contributing advisors

Vahni Capildeo

Geoff Gilbert

Sam Ladkin

Agnes Lehoczky

Alan Halsey

Geraldine Monk

Blackbox associate publishers


Equipage Catalogue (DOCX, 18KB)

Constitutional Information

Roy Fisher archive