Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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thelight1Andrew Motion is retiring as Britain’s Poet Laureate, and he has a few words on the matter.

Exoskeleton on the tension between “greatness” and the avant-garde in poetry.

What do Britney Spears, James Joyce and William Shakespeare have in common?

Travis Nichols distills the Schiavo-Dickman feud down a bit, and suggests the debate may go meta fairly soon.

Mark Doty has a scary experience in North Beach.

I’m always interested in how non-poets react to poetry, and I’ve got a special place in my heart for this kind of story, where diaries and scrapbooks come into play, especially from this period, late 19th and early 20th century United States. Fascinating the way all this comes together.

Brian Spears


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 →