Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears


The Essential American Poets series selection this week is Carl Sandburg. I’d never heard his voice before, and it was nothing like I’d expected. I suppose I’d assumed he sounded mid-western, Chicagoan, perhaps deep and barrel-chested. Nope.

I thought about not posting this, as I don’t want the competition, but No Tell Motel’s reading period opens in a week.

Elisa Gabbert has developed a “heat scale” for poetic moves.

Mark Scroggins discusses the savage review (and the comments stream is lively as well).

Mike Chasar takes on the poetry of beer advertising.

We’ll have an announcement about our next Poetry Book Club selection as soon as I can find the time to write the damn thing. It’s a big book, and I’m working my way through it right now. I’ll mention it on Twitter when the essay is up.

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 →