Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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This morning, south Florida awoke to temperatures in the upper fifties. Panic ensued. There was a run on firewood and snow tires. Natives were seen frantically digging through closets for the coats that have been stored for roughly 10 months. I have no idea how we’ll react to the double whammy of slightly chilly weather and the end of daylight savings time. I’m sure there will be drinking.

Last night, the Rumpus Poetry Book Club held its chat with Elizabeth Alexander. Keep an eye out for the transcript sometime this week.

Nancy Lili Gonzales got a head start on our next selection for the Poetry Book Club, Jena Osman’s The Network. I’ll be posting a piece which discusses why I chose it, but I’m going to warn you in advance–it’ll look a good bit like Nancy’s piece.

Poem Talk, the radio show by Al Filreis which you can subscribe to via the Poetry Foundation website, is being archived online, and one of the recent pieces to make it there is by next month’s poet, Jena Osman.

You can join the Poetry Book Club at any time.

At The Guardian, Michael Tomasky puts together a poetry quiz that honestly, anyone serious about poetry should be able to pass. How many people can get a perfect score, though? (I missed one, but I guessed at a couple of others and got lucky.)

W. S. DiPiero translates some selections from Giacomo Leopardi’s daybooks in the latest issue of Poetry. Fascinating stuff.

It looks like 32 Poems is planning on hosting a poetry party every Sunday night from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST on Twitter. Hashtag is #poetparty. I did it a couple of weeks ago and had a good time. Won’t be there this week, but I plan to hang out there more in the future.

You can follow Rumpus Poetry on Twitter to keep up with all things poetic 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 →