Welcome to 

Field Guide 
Poetry Magazine

Second Issue 

Submissions are open for our 


Our debut is available online!

Find it under "March 2021"

Featured Poet

Emerging poet, Rue Sparks, compares her grief to a dying tree in her poem, "Roots and Brambles"

Image by Joel & Jasmin Førestbird

Featured Artist

Photographer Fabrice Poussin creates the unexpected with his digital collection



Rue Sparks Roots and Brambles

Fabrice Poussin

Charles W. Brice Cleaning-Up Cat Puke, Naked, at 70

Kiersta Recktenwald Cats

Mariana McDonald Sentencing

Lilija Valis Barbed Wire

John Lambremont, Sr. First Pitch of the Season and On the Down Low

Tobi Alfier Summer Storm Fragment

DS Maolalai George Bernard Shaw

Andrea Holland Serendipity

Carolyn Martin Migration, Along the Desert View Trail on Mount San Jacinto, The Whisperers, Dear Zion Canyon and A Little League Game in Kit Carson Park

R. Gerry Fabian Deep NREM Sleep

Donald Raymond Floor is Lava, Octopi and Holes

Bobbie Miranda Crafts Iris and Fourth Night

Robert Okaji Before September

Why The Field Guide

Vase of Flowers

We believe that quality poetry is like Robert Frost and W.H. Auden describe: emotion put into clear, thoughtful words. We love poetry that offers a glance into a single moment when emotions are both wild and restrained, and the speaker has both clarity and uncertainty in how to move forward. 

The name was slightly inspired by our sister magazine, Honeyguide. Not only in the "guide" at the end of the title, but in the idea of guiding a reader or viewer to a particular idea. Like a field guide when one goes hiking in new or old trails. I've always loved poetry that not only opened my view of the world and helped me consider other perspectives but gave light to the complex terrain of human emotions. Poetry often starts at the crossroads between sadness and joy, fear and safety, newness and routine. 

The Field Guide Poetry Magazine is an annual magazine that publishes poetry that reveals an emotional landscape. How can two conflicting emotions speak to one event? How does one navigate the highs and lows of what we feel every day? 

We also accept art, preferably graphite and watercolor paintings, that is gentle yet bold, and examines the relationships between emotions, dreams, and ways of being. All submissions are free and everything we publish is available to read online and in print.