Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears


I’ve already said this a lot, but it’s April, so expect it a lot more. You can follow our National Poetry Month poem-a-day project by visiting this post every day. I’ll be updating it every morning and adding a new link to the bottom of the list. I’ll also be posting daily links to individual poems on Twitter and Facebook.

I’ll also be posting a bit about O, Miami events as they come around. This is a month-long project organized by P. Scott Cunningham which is trying to bring poetry to every person in Miami-Dade county in the month of April. Last night’s event was Eating Our Words, with a reading by our May Poetry Book Club author Tracy K. Smith. Here’s some video of Smith in action. Sorry if it’s not the best quality–it’s iPhone video.

Ada Limón on what poets want for their poems. I think she’s pretty right on.

Here’s the write a poem a day project I’m working with this year. This will be my third year at it, and I need it this time because I haven’t been writing since my book came out (available here! See how I did that?). Most of what I write in these paroxysms of poetry winds up in files that I’ll never open again, but enough good stuff comes out that I do it regularly now.

This month’s book in the Poetry Book Club is Dean Young’s Fall Higher. This is a special get for us because Young is in very poor health–he needs a heart transplant–and he’s still going to be a part of the chat at the end of the month. Stay tuned for time and date on that.

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 →