Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Jonathan Farmer has some ideas on ways people can support poetry in the digital age. I really support his fifth one, which suggests getting web designers and programmers involved in the world of online poetry, because formatting a poem with anything other than a hard left margin is, umm, taxing for someone with my meager skills. I give it my best, but I have no idea how it actually looks on anything other than my computer when I’m done with it (MacBook with a Chrome browser). If someone can figure out an easy way to render poetry faithfully and consistently on an e-book page or a computer screen, that person will make literally dozens of people very happy.

Elizabeth Alexander is everywhere right now. The Poetry Book Club will be talking with her later in the month–I’ll announce the date as soon as I know it–but in the meantime, you can check out this interview with her at Trinity College.

Curtis Fox and Emily Gould chat about Eileen Myles at the Poetry Foundation website. I subscribe to all their podcasts (even the avant garde one), but I’d like to expand my horizons a little. What other poetry podcasts should I be listening to?

The University of Utah has been posting scans of the journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. Issue 4 is up.

The Dodge Poetry Festival is going on right now. You can follow it on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #dodgepoetryfest.


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 →