Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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We send our condolences to the friends and family of poet and activist Susana Chavez Marisela Escobedo, found murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on January 6.

In case you missed it, Ann Hays is giving The New Yorker some well-deserved crap over the absence of women in their pages. Here’s the latest.

John Gallaher gives us all a little taste of The Monkey and the Wrench, a book of essays on, or “into” as the other half of the title tells us, contemporary poetics. Gallaher and Mary Biddinger co-edited the book, and if the clips are any indication, it’ll be an interesting read.

Don Share provides some excerpts from the essay “The Fate of the Avant Garde.”

Okay, so this isn’t poetry exactly, but how can I pass up a story about a graphic novel version of The Communist Manifesto?

Kathleen Rooney takes us inside the Poetry Brothel, which seems appropriate given the amount of sex-work talk we’ve had around here this week.

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Brian Spears


Brian Spears's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is the Poetry Editor for The Rumpus, and teaches poetry at Drake University. More from this author →