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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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We mourn the death of poet Leslie Scalapino. Our condolences to her family and friends, and to all who were moved by her work. PEN American announced the release of Burmese poet Saw Wei, imprisoned for “inducing crime against public tranquility” for one of his poems. That’s one of the highest compliments you can pay […]

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Via HTMLGIANT, Poets for Living Waters has put out a call for submissions. They’re calling it a “poetry action in response to the Gulf Oil Disaster of April 20, 2010, one of the most profound man-made ecological catastrophes in history.” I rarely link to the same place twice in the same column, but this was […]

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Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout site (along the same lines as his book) is worth checking out. He’s also a more than fair Twitterer. Via Harriet, Andrea Lingenfelter talks about “teaching Bay Area children to translate from Chinese and do concrete poetry—at the same time!” I’ve just recently (like, hours ago) seen some very similar work, […]

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Tara Betts found herself attacked by a particularly ignorant political blogger named Debbie Schlussel over her class at UrbanWordNYC. Betts’s response is elegant, measured, and powerful, everything the attack was not. Update: I have been told that Schlussel’s attack was directed at the idea of hip-hop pedagogy and the associated program at the University of […]

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So, did you like our National Poetry Month project? If you missed any of the poems, check them out here. Barbara Jane Reyes has some interesting thoughts on poetic tradition. Virginia Heffernan discusses the way self-publication has lost some of its stigma, and introduces me to a new term: microniche publishing. If you missed seeing […]

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Please Read the Letter That I Wrote

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Starved for funds, the United States Postal Service recently considered cutting its mail delivery service down to five-days a week–not a huge surprise considering their losses over the last couple of years and the fact that Americans are relying more and more on electronic measures of communication. In short, letter writing is becoming a dying […]

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Have you been been keeping up with our poem-a-day project? Kenny Goldsmith talks about the challenges of twenty-first century writing. Rae Armantrout won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry this year, and Ron Silliman has every link you probably want on the subject. (There are other links there as well.) “Mississippi” by Aimé Cesaire, translated by […]

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Have you been keeping up with our National Poetry Month project? The list is updated every morning with new poemy goodness. Along with National Poetry Month, the big discussion this week seems to be the AWP Convention. WILLA has three days planned for you, if you need suggestions. I won’t be at the AWP this […]

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The poet Ai Ogawa died last week, and her official obituary is available here. Oliver de la Paz, who knew her briefly while he was in graduate school, had a story to share as well. Janisse Ray on Wendell Berry. The Poetry Foundation has just posted part 2 of The Muslim-American Poet as Self and […]

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You’ve probably heard of erasure as a poetic mode–how about redaction? Arthur Lubow looks at Adam Zagajewski, calls him “the last of his kind.” Lily Hoang at HTMLGIANT wonders about the discussion surrounding Tao Lin: “I do, however, care about the evident boredom people display in their comments about him. Why do you care? Furthermore, […]

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Congratulations to Rae Armantrout for winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for her collection Versed. This post by Al Filreis made me send him a Facebook friend request, just so I can find out how the conversation ended. (If you friend request me, I’ll probably say yes–I’m a bit of a whore.) Jessica Smith […]

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Have I ever mentioned how much I hate having to clear the cache? Maybe this time I’ll get better about bookmarking sites. Karin Slaughter has concerns about how e-books will affect the future of reading. I tend to think that e-books will democratize reading rather than make it the purview of the elite, but Slaughter […]

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Here’s a light-hearted start to the night–a cat decides a poetry video has to be stopped. A musing on poems with dates in the titles. Joshua Corey also responds to “The New Math of Poetry. Edward Hirsch on whether MFA programs hurt poetry. Via Silliman, 10 literary classics that should be video games. I’m a […]

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I’m always interested in the different ways poets are exploring to get poems out to the reading public. Cellpoems calls itself “a txt-msg poetry journal,” though thankfully none of the poems I’ve looked at thus far have been written in text-speak. Sina Queyras asks “what is the wilderness and what is it doing in poetry? […]

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Philip Pullman writes about Blake’s poetry, and argues that it can be appreciated separate from the illuminations. Thermos interviews Katy Lederer, who we reviewed nearly a year ago. Anindita Sengupta on Indian English Poetry. Inferno, the video game. It’s Dante in the same way “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is Homer. Except it’s a video […]

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It’s Saturday night and it’s poetry time. Who else is excited? I always figured the Irish got excited about poetry. Roddy Doyle says otherwise. I’m late to the game in discovering the Poetry Foundation’s podcasts, but I’m having some fun listening to them. I liked Ron Silliman’s discussion of writing a poem with an eraser, […]

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It’s been a long week, what with the Haiti blogging and my return to classes, but there’s still been some noteworthy poetry blogging this week. A sarcasm punctuation mark? I wonder how audiences at poetry readings would be able to tell when the poet used one? A Compulsive Reader has a thoughtful post on, well, […]

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Happy Saturday everyone. So Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants a Poet Laureate for the state who doesn’t have anything in his or her background that might embarrass him. I take it he doesn’t know many poets. Connecticut is looking for a Poet Laureate too. No word on embarrassment restrictions. Did you miss the off-site MLA […]

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First thing: Chinese poet Lu Xiaobo has been sentenced to eleven years in prison. There isn’t much people can do, but you can register your opinion on this via the PEN American Center website. Mark Scroggins has inspired me to keep better track of how much poetry I read. Not sure if that’s what he […]

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A tale of a poetry reading, or maybe the word “cock” is inherently funny. Annie Finch tells you everything you need to know about the sonnet. Who was in Best American Poetry 2009? The answer probably won’t surprise you. W. S. DiPiero in Threepenny Review: “Certain art gets fresh with us. It stings with what […]

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Here’s some interesting reading from the world of poetry this week. Michael Schaub at HTMLGIANT picks up where the Poetry Foundation left off a little while ago about martinis and poets. You’ll like their entries. This is a little dated by internet standards, but it’s still worth looking at: Calvin Trillin versifies about the Roman […]

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Happy 121st Birthday, T.S. Eliot. Edward Byrne talks about Eliot’s careful control of where and how his poetry appeared, especially as regards anthologies. Joel Brouwer explores the concept of the speed review. What I want to know is why I’m not getting more books in the mail. I organize the poetry reviews here, people! (poetry-at-therumpus-dot-net, […]

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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. It’s […]

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When I came across this first link, my immediate reaction was “we need an anthology of the sonnet?” Apparently we do. I’ll be checking this one out. Rebecca Wolff can smell the youth on a manuscript. Robert Lee Brewer explains that some things about poetry are simply unknowable. Diane Lockward is making movies now. This […]

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