Posts Tagged: brian spears
Hi everyone. I sort of took today off along with everyone else here at The Rumpus, but there was a lot of good stuff in the po-world this week and I wanted to pass it along.
For starters, Memorious launched their blog today, and their first official post is “what books we’re looking forward to in 2010,” which is a wonderful change from all the retrospective lists that pop up this time of year....more
I love Philip Larkin’s “An Arundel Tomb.” He hated it. On a side note, I really love that the BBC is willing to spend 30 minutes on the story behind a single poem.
This is, I think, a good way to approach an online poetry journal–make it something other than a paper journal transferred onto a website....more
It’s Saturday night, the skies are cloudy, and the satellite reception keeps cutting in and out. Guess it’s time for some poetry links.
I don’t generally link to poetry reviews elsewhere, but the NY Times reviews poetry so rarely that I figured I ought to do it if only for the sake of novelty....more
Gospel music, like its secular cousin the blues, never wallows in pity, but instead seeks to transcend pain and reach glory. Bashir’s book makes the same trip....more
Starting off, I want to thank Jeremy Hatch or subbing in for me last week, both on this column and as Saturday Editor. Great job, dude.
Seth Abramson writes a lot about MFA programs and, by extension, the PhD in Creative Writing....more
Not enough sleep? Echoes of a faint hangover? Then it’s time for Saturday Morning Links.
Dahlia Lithwick and Doug Kendall point out that conservative politicians who are upset about empathetic judges probably ought to stick a sock in it.
Whether you’re an academic or a free-lance writer, you might want to take a look at this piece on the inside of an essay mill....more
Has it been this way since the invention of the portrait? Does every generation look back at family pictures and wonder what the hell they were thinking?...more
Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera and August Kleinzahler on their shared National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for 2008. Barbara Jane Reyes has more on Herrera.
Ron Silliman on on anthologies: “It is all but impossible to even characterize the map of poetry today....more
Interesting conversation going on about a piece in the latest Poetry. Start here at Samizdat, then find further discussion at A Compulsive Reader, Exoskeleton (multiple posts–click around), and back to Samizdat.
And since it started over an article written by Jason Guriel, I’ll link him too— only for something different— the curse of the duty-write....more
I guess it just took a little time for the poetry blogs to realize that David Orr had been in the NYTBR smack-talking about the lack of greatness in poetry today, because this week, there were lots of responses, from suggestions for Orr to add to his reading list to negations of the importance of greatness to spit-takes....more