TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics


Issue Archives

Read past online issues—updated for increased accessibility.

Events & Contact

Find out where to connect with Tab Journal. Teachers and librarians can use the Contact form to request copies.


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Tab Musings Blog

We share updates, work from the archives, and poetry news. The recap newsletter goes out once a month.

Image of Map Collage

”Some artists want to confront. Some want to invoke thought. They’re all necessary and they’re all valid.”

Maya Lin, designer

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics sometimes confronts, sometimes comforts. TAB sometimes invokes thought, sometimes feeling. Poetry is necessary and its range is wide.

At Tab Journal, we understand that the form, the format, and the design of text and space can create various reading experiences. That’s why Tab Journal appears as a unique print issue each January and as online issues the rest of the year. These differing formats allow experimentation with design, materiality, and the reading experience at a time when print and electronic forms are negotiating their coexistence.

Tab Journal is housed at Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University.

TAB: space before text

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics is where poetry meets design. Read more about the relationship of text, image, and design principles that drives the reading experience of Tab Journal.