Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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So, as Stephen mentioned in a recent Daily Rumpus, we’ll be doing a poetry version of the Rumpus Book Club. We’re in the early stages at present, but we’ll make more announcements as we start to nail things down.

I’m more a fan of Wendell Berry’s prose than his poetry (though I like both), but there’s no denying that he’s been a major voice in in poetry for the last 50 years, so it was heartening to see him take back his papers in protest from the University of Kentucky over its decision to ally itself with the coal industry.

I’ve mentioned Poets for Living Waters here a bunch, and I’ll probably continue to do so off and on. I’m enjoying the poems, but I’m also enjoying the statements of purpose which accompany some of the poems, as well as the atypical author photos.

I have to admit, when I read Anis Shivani’s screed against the latest Best American Poetry, I was tempted to buy a copy for the first time in years just to see what had gotten him so worked up. John Gallaher took another, and better tack.

Reb Livingston continues her recommended Summer reading series.

You absolutely need to read Rebecca Wolff’s essay/letter/response to Juliana Spahr, Joshua Clover and the 95 Cent Skool.

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 →