Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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The Rumpus has already mentioned W. S. DiPiero’s essay about walking in San Francisco from the November issue of Poetry, but there are others dealing with the same general idea as well. Kay Ryan on Marin County, Peter Cole on Jerusalem and A. E. Stallings on Athens are a good start.

I very much enjoyed the poems in the most recent issue of Diode.

We don’t do lists here at The Rumpus, and we don’t generally link to them, but this isn’t an ordinary list. It’s a series of recommendations of new books of poems by poets who aren’t, so far as I can tell, famous (in the limited sense for which that word can be used to describe any poet).

Elisa Gabbert tries to get at what’s behind all the MFA program rankings hate.

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 →