The Night Heron Barks

We publish poems, good work, any style, focused on the poet’s voice. Every writer has their sound.

Founding Editor Rogan Kelly: His interview with Josh Medsker on the Jersey Poets Plus Podcast

Review of Angela Narciso Torres’ To the Bone
by Laurie Saurborn


Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominations coming soon.

Submissions are closed till the winter call.


Laurie Saurborn: Welcome the new book reviews editor to the NHB team.

Spring contributor, Douglas Cole: Congratulations on his debut novel.

Megan Dorame: Welcome the new poetry editor to the NHB team.


Rowan Ricardo Phillips in our summer issue


Review of Luke Johnson’s :boys
by George Perreault



  • Submissions are closed till winter call

An Invitation

I suspect editors have their own version of that hypothetical, if they could invite any five people for dinner. I think of poets and poems.

Only the poets

I woke early this morning to the news that a certain Republican senator had tweeted last night his intention to vote against witnesses in the impeachment trial. Trying to push down a sense of anger and dismay, I returned to Lisa Rosenberg’s poem which I first read yesterday.

I will tell you

after the left hook of Gustavo Hernandez’ poem title hits you, the right cross of his dedication leaves its mark. You tap play to hear the sure tenor of him read Across the Southwest our Mothers were Sidelined and note that his voice is not angry.

Lotus background. Drawing by RYGER

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