Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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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's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is Senior Poetry Editor at The Rumpus. More from this author →