Welcome to our March issue – one of several themed issues we will publish this year. Poetry dominates the issue. First we have the five shortlisted poems in this year's international Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Then we publish the first in our States of Poetry – state-by-state anthologies designed to give readers a snapshot of some of the best contemporary poetry around the country. Peter Goldsworthy chooses six fine South Australian poets. Elsewhere, Kerryn Goldsworthy praises Suzanne Falkiner's important biography of the great novelist (and poet) Randolph Stow.