The Poetry Daily website showcases a new poem each day on its website, Representing emerging poets as well as the eminent, "poems are chosen from the work of a wide variety of poets published or translated in the English language."

Since the site was launched April 7, 1997, the mission of Poetry Daily and the Daily Poetry Association, the not-for-profit charitable corporation that publishes the site, has been to "broaden access to and foster appreciation for contemporary poetry."

The daily poems come from books, magazines, and journals currently in print, and are selected for topical or seasonal interest, as well as literary quality. Readers will find poems by both well-known and emerging poets, and from equally ranging sources: the site pulls work from small, independent chapbook and journal publishers as well as larger commercial publishers. Included with each poem is information about the poet and a small note explaining where the poem published. Links are also provided for participating journals.

In December of 2003, Poetry Daily also released its first anthology, which featured an entire year’s worth of poems. According to the site, "Over 1,000 books of poetry are published in the United States alone each year, but they can be difficult to find, even in areas brimming with bookstores." The mission of Poetry Daily, therefore, is to make the search a whole lot easier.