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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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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.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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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.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Alison Flood, writing in The Guardian implores her fellow citizens to vote in the BBC’s poll for the nation’s favorite poet. She’s worried that there will be a rehash of 1995, when Britain chose Rudyard Kipling’s “If” as its favorite poem.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Barbara Jane Reyes has a good response to the New Yorker article on MFA programs I posted earlier.

At Harriet, Don Share takes on poetry reviews, even though he’s tired of the whole story. I took his post as an opportunity to expound on my own reviewing policies, both as reviewer and editor.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Blogging in the poetry world tends to slow in the summer months in my experience, but we’re not quite there yet, so there’s plenty of bloggy goodness from this week. Here’s a taste.

Charles Bernstein asks if art criticism is fifty years behind poetry.

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Brian’s Saturday Morning Links

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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.

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Brian’s Saturday Morning Links

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video_control1Has 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?

Overthinking It has some suggestions for doing prequels–not that Hollywood will listen. To their list of backstory done well, I’ll add the new Star Trek.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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1155_ddiggesThe poet Deborah Digges died April 10, and there’s been a number of remembrances posted online, along with stories and selections from from her work.

Ron Silliman notes the passing of Franklin Rosemont, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Henri Meschonnic.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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orion-rebornJust a reminder that we here at The Rumpus are posting a poem a day for National Poetry Month, so enjoy some never before published work by some up-and-coming poets.

Another practice that’s grown out of National Poetry Month is the proliferation of poem-a-day challenges for poets.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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hammCongratulations 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.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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darth-kittyInteresting 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.

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gothic-treeI 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.

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