Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears


I’m always interested in the different ways poets are exploring to get poems out to the reading public. Cellpoems calls itself “a txt-msg poetry journal,” though thankfully none of the poems I’ve looked at thus far have been written in text-speak.

Sina Queyras asks “what is the wilderness and what is it doing in poetry?

The real tasty stuff is in the comments section of this piece by Elisa Gabbert. The Silliman Horoscope! I love it.

I really like these pieces Jessica Smith has been doing on women in poetry, especially when commenters prove her point for her.

Claire Messud on why women writers are often left off of best-of lists.

My Twitter recommendation for this week isn’t a poet or a journal or anyone related to poetry, actually. It’s Roger Ebert.It shouldn’t be surprising to see someone who’s made writing a career adapt so freely to a new medium, but unfortunately, many older writers adopt the curmudgeonly stance they’re expected to. But Roger Ebert has really used the new medium to cut loose. He’s the best celebrity I’ve ever followed.

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 →