Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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The Irish Times reports on Seamus Heaney’s Irish Human Rights Commission lecture, in which he argues that the work of writers has been crucial in keeping alive the spirit of freedom. I’m looking forward to seeing a transcript of this speech, because I’d like to see how far he pushes the comparison.

Kenneth Goldsmith links to two podcasts on women of the avant garde at UbuWeb.

Who needs Oxford? Derek Walcott has another gig.

Allison Joseph is running a triolet contest.

Over the last few months, I’ve suggested that people should subscribe to one new literary journal per month. I subscribed to 32 Poems this month.

This week’s Twitter recommendation is Elissa Bassist, editor of the Funny Women series. Also, if you’re interested in playing with poetry on Twitter (which I’m starting to think of as the latest iteration of haiku), you can follow the hashtag #poetweet (and you can contribute as well).

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 →