Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears


A confluence of politics and poetry: Senate Sotomayor votes explained in haiku.

No great surprise, but poetry is disappearing from B&N bookshelves in Chico, CA. And pretty much every B&N, for that matter.

Sometimes I feel like I should just put a link to Mike Chasar’s blog in every one of these posts. This one is about roadside poetry.

A poetry collection like you’ve never seen before.

John Gallaher (who we’re reviewing next week) on Stephen Burt.

This issue of Poetry has, if nothing else, gotten people talking. Robert Schwab on accessibility in poems. I disagree with Schwab–I find the conceptual writing more accessible than the flarf, though I’m not excited by either.

An excellent argument in favor of dumping the shrines to dead writers.

And finally, if you’re in San Francisco, Rachel Loden will be reading with D.A. Powell at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 6 August, at Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco. Wish I could be there.

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 →