Vision

Tongue is an online literary project dedicated to challenging borders and expanding our notions of form and translation. Relaunched in early 2017, we publish poetry, essays, visual art by way of Dispatches mailed to subscribers about twice a month. Join us here.

And for more on our editorial vision and how we curate each issue, please read this interview with the Poetry Society of America for their Site Visits project: “The Editors on Tongue.”

Praise for Tongue in the Press


Tongue is saturated with beautiful images and ideas, poems that delightfully use language to create insight.”
        —Kirsten McIlvenna, NewPages.com / Screen Reading

In “Your Guide to Artistic and Literary Tumblrs,” Nick Moran of The Millions lists Marginalia as essential to the “vibrant literary community blossoming” on Tumblr.

“Reading through the new poetry e-journal Tongue, my mind went repeatedly to the exciting avenues the internet is opening up for the interaction of disparate artistic voices and the forming of interesting connections…push[ing] my hunger to read more – scattering me in all directions in my hyperlink-hopping. In this way the journal can be viewed as a broad cross-section of scattered voices working like a springboard for further exploration on the part of the reader. Three voices continued to echo in my head, and as a result I went on to find out more about these poets, read more of their work, and felt I could come back to the poems in Tongue and read them with new eyes…there is something unsettling about opening yourself up to be taken on journeys through unfamiliar lands and cultures…[but] it’s this meeting of horizons that immediately turns one’s reading into a kind of adventure.”
        —Bernard van der Merwe, Stellenboch Literary Project