Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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I think we’re just a couple of days away from announcing our next two books for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club. The logistics for this thing are a bear sometimes, but it’s worth the effort, and we’re very excited about the selections.

I think it’s safe to say that this is the only time either I or The Rumpus will ever link to Marie Claire, but hey, sometimes you have to go where the stories are.

Philip Metres writes about building a collection of poems that moves beyond anti-war poetry into a poetry of peace.

Ron Silliman has seen the film Howl. I think I want to see it.

Have you seen the latest issue of storySouth? Because you really should take a look.

Would it be gauche to point out, in the wake of our gender disparity in publishing and reviewing discussion this week, that both of the poetry reviews were of women and by women, as was (I believe), one of the fiction reviews? Probably less gauche than posting a link to a place I was just published in. (See above.)

By the way, that wasn’t a deliberate reaction to the VIDA discussion–it just happened that way. If you’re interested in reviewing poetry for The Rumpus, let me know at poetry-AT-therumpus-DOT-net. Follow Rumpus Poetry on Twitter to keep up with the Book Club and other poetic happenings here.

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 →