Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears


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. Her personal choice of Gerard Manley Hopkins isn’t bad, in my opinion. I feel her pain–a similar poll in the US would almost certainly be a close race between “The Raven” and “There once was a man from Nantucket…”

Lots of people in the poetry world hate Seth Abramson, in part because he’s taken a pretty business-like approach to poetry and to MFA Programs in particular. But Abramson gets a good (and at first glance unlikely) defender in Ron Silliman.

Remember that Rachel Loden reading I mentioned a couple of weeks ago? Steven Fama gives us a report.

I’ve mentioned them before, but a good place to find links to online poems is Swindle, an aggregator run by the folks at Linebreak (who publish some pretty good poems themselves).

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 →