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Poetry Blogs

Poets’ journals, diaries and notebooks, now in the new medium of the Web log (“blog”). Here are links to the most interesting poetry blogs.

Kelli Russell Agodon — Book of Kells
Kelli Russell Agodon is a poet in the Pacific Northwest and co-editor of Crab Creek Review. Her blog, Book of Kells, is full of poetry recommendations, notes on and pictures of her favorite poets, and musings on life in poetry world.

The Best American Poetry Blog
David Lehman, editor of the Best American Poetry book series, opened this blog as a clubhouse where poets could “exchange, discuss and argue about poems and poetry” and also “about anything that fuels our passions, be it movies or sex or baseball or ballet or cocktails or finance or music, because these are, after all, the same subjects that generate poems.” A large and entertaining miscellany.

Edward Byrne — One Poet’s Notes
Poet, professor at Valparaiso University, and editor of the Valparaiso Poetry Review, Edward Byrne is an active blogger, posting notes and reviews of contemporary poetry and poetics books intended to complement the content published in the Review itself.

Mairead Byrne — Heaven
Mairead Byrne, Irish poet who now teaches at Rhode Island School of Design, fills her blog with song, no commentary, all poetry... heaven indeed. Her latest book is made of pieces that first appeared on her blog: The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (Publishing Genius 2010).

Nick Carbo — Carbonator
Nick Carbo showed up here at About Poetry very early on, when we noted the publication of Returning A Borrowed Tongue, the Filipino anthology he edited in 1997. His blog is a personal diary sprinkled with poems, in which his partner Denise Duhamel often appears.

Lorna Dee Cervantes
Lorna Dee Cervantes “opens her pencil into pixels—poetry, peace y Xicanisma.” Her blog is a combination diary, performance schedule and poem notebook filled with lots of “One Word Hay(na)ku Poems.”

Tom Clark — Beyond the Pale
Tom Clark is both poet and poet’s biographer (he has written critical biographies of Jack Kerouac, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley and Edward Dorn), and his blog is full of poems and interesting essays.

CAConrad — Poets 9for9
Conrad used this blog to post the results of his project in which 9 poets answered 9 questions by email—the questions designed to elicit responses ranging from direct to fanciful, logical to joking to poetic.

Joshua Corey — Cahiers de Corey
Josh Corey started this blog when he was a Cornell Ph.D. student—now he teaches English at Lake Forest College, and his blog wanders through Stein and Kant, Olson and Oppen, Carole Maso and Lee Ann Brown, “modernist pastoral” and “the lyrical novel.”

Joseph Duemer — Sharp Sand
Joseph Duemer is a poet and Clarkson University professor of creative writing who has been blogging for a good number years now. His interests are wide-ranging, his reading notes fascinating, and he can be relied on for quick responses to the appearance of poetic issues in the news and regular posts about the contents of The American Poetry Review.

Embargo Poets
This blog published English translations of “poetry from countries currently embargoed by the US, and discussion of the poets, poems, and embargoes.” It was sporadic and quit posting new items in 2007, but if you want to explore Cuban, Libyan, Iraqi or North Korean poetry, there’s still lots of good reading here.

Henry Gould — HG Poetics
Gould records his thoughts about poetry, poetics, poetical history and the life of the poet, and participates in interesting conversations with other poet-bloggers in his posts at HG Poetics. If you want to read some of his actual poetry, visit Mudlark for his sonnet sequence, Island Road.

How a Poem Happens
Brian Brodeur’s blog is a fascinating archive of interviews with contemporary poets about the making of poems—each poet answers questions like “How much of this poem was ‘received’ and how much was the result of sweat and tears?” with reference to a particular poem selected for the blog.

Intercapillary/Space began as a group blog focusing on the current British poetry scene. It described itself as “a self-editing poetry and poetics magazine with no single perspective, no single set of interests... no central editorship to impose a tone or commission particular pieces,” but now it’s “curated and largely edited by Edmund Hardy” and a team of four contributor/editors.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen — Machine Language
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen’s blog is a wonderful archive of his visual poetry/moving letter art/video word pieces/whatever you’d like to call them. Also visit Textual Conjectures, Kervinen’s purely textual word collections, which you may or may not read as poems.

Chris Lott — Cosmopoetica
Chris Lott describes himself as “a poet, literary critic and itinerant philosopher” who teaches Web design at the University of Alaska. His lit-blog (now separated out from his more general personal site, Ruminate is an interesting assortment of notes, titled paragraph meditations like prose poems, poetics debates and letters.

Roger Pao — Asian-American Poetry
Roger Pao began his blog in December 2004 with a brief essay redefining Asian-American poetry as “poetry about Asian Americans,” and then the tsunami came. He has persisted in his “none-too-lofty mission... to provide my personal take on the complex world of Asian-American poetry,” and his blog—though the postings are intermittent—provides a useful entry gate into that world.

Nick Piombino — fait accompli
fait accompli is the notebook of the visible poet, whose notes evolve into short-line meditations and poems. Piombino is the author of “Slam Poetics, or, Who Is Bill Kennedy?,” a poetic boxing match made of the clash between Canada’s laureate and the slammers, posted here at About Poetry in March of 2003.

The Poetry Foundation — Harriet the Blog
The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog began in 2006 as a venue in which guest poets were invited to contribute a week’s postings on poems, poets, the writing life—any topic that came to mind, really. Harriet has evolved into an active group blog with a large roster of paid (!) contributors and staff writers posting weekly.

Ron Silliman’s Blog
L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poet extraordinaire, Ron Silliman is also a most personal writer and prolific linkster, and his blog is a gathering place for fascinating discussions of contemporary poetry and poetics.

Dale Smith — Possum Ego
Dale Smith of Skanky Possum posts notes about poetry publishing, essays and reviews of poetry books, liberally sprinkled with quotes from the poems—this is an excellent browsing blog for poetry readers.

Mike Snider’s Formal Blog
As Mike himself describes it, his blog consists of “Poems, mostly metrical, and rants and raves on poetry and the po-biz.”

Eileen Tabios — The Blind Chatelaine’s Keys
Eileen Tabios is a Filipina who “traded in a finance career for poetry” in 1996 and now lives in the wine country of Northern California. She fills her blog with journalistic musings, her own and others’ poems, recommended reading and commentary on the life of the poet.

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