"Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Harriet Monroe's "Open Door" policy, set forth in Volume I of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry's mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H. D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every significant poet of the 20th century.
Poetry has always been independent, unaffiliated with any institution or university—or with any single poetic or critical movement or aesthetic school. It continues to print the major English-speaking poets, while presenting emerging talents, in all their variety. In recent years, more than a third of the authors published in the magazine have been young writers appearing for the first time. On average, the magazine receives over 90,000 submissions per year, from around the world."
We're not going to be able to keep anything from this submission, we're sorry to say. Thank you, though, for letting us have a chance with your work.
2011-12 seems to be a variation on the above.
Dear ---: We'll have to pass on this submission, sorry to say. Thank you very much, though, for letting us have a chance with your work. Sincerely, The Editors
2015 seems to be another variation
Unfortunately, we won't be able to accept your submission. Thank you very much, though, for sending work our way.
Dear —, Unfortunately, your submission isn't quite right for us. Thank you very much, though, for sending work our way - and thank you for your interest in POETRY magazine. Sincerely, The Editors POETRY
We'll have to pass on this submission, sorry to say - but we enjoyed reading it. Thank you for letting us have a chance with your work. Warmly,
Dear [Poet Name], Thanks so much for letting us have a chance with your work. Although we won't be able to keep anything this time, we wanted you to know that we enjoyed reading your submission. With all best, [Editor Name] Editor POETRY