Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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A tale of a poetry reading, or maybe the word “cock” is inherently funny.

Annie Finch tells you everything you need to know about the sonnet.

Who was in Best American Poetry 2009? The answer probably won’t surprise you.

W. S. DiPiero in Threepenny Review: “Certain art gets fresh with us. It stings with what it offers because it says, on any given repeat, something we’re not prepared to hear, though we think we know it so well that it can’t turn on us.”

This week’s Twitter recommendation is Elisa Gabbert, author of Thanks For Sending the Engine. I’ve been following her for a couple of weeks now–good stuff.

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 →