Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears


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. But my favorite response was still Barbara Jane Reyes’s take on it–yes, I know we linked it earlier this week. I’m doing it again.

This week’s image comes from Geof Huth at dbqp: visualizing poetics. It truly is dead tree literature.

Claudia from The Bottom of Heaven has an interesting look at the blues as black history that’s worth reading.

Here’s the latest installment of Translation and its Discontents from Harriet.

And finally, a new project of my own, which sprang from a link I followed right here at The Rumpus–I’m posting entries from my great-great-great grandmother’s 1895 diary, one per day. I haven’t read the diary through, so I have no idea where it’s going–it’s as much an act of discovery for me as it will be for anyone who follows along.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →