Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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The Nepotist, if you’re unaware, is an online journal run by a person who publishes his/her friends, and does so anonymously. What’s the over/under, do you think, on someone either deliberately or accidentally revealing The Neoptist’s identity? Should we start a pool?

D. W. Lichtenberg muses on Duotrope’s Good Bad and the Ugly list.

Here’s a journal I think I’ll be reading when it goes live: Intersections. Get a taste of what’s to come at Improbable Object.

There are times when I come across an issue that obviously has a long history behind it of which I am completely unaware. The one I discovered a couple of days ago is over Kent Johnson’s “theory” that Kenneth Koch wrote Frank O’Hara’s “A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island.” Tony Towle responds here, and makes Johnson’s theory sound about as reasonable as Andrew Sullivan’s “questions” about Trig Palin’s birth mother.

Us poets get blamed for everything.

There’s always time to the Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Follow Rumpus Poetry on Twitter. See you next week.

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 →