Victor Jara’s last poem, Forrest Gander, tr.

In Santiago, Chile, on September 11, 1973, the poet-songwriter Victor Jara was making his way to his university, already surrounded by soldiers…

Victor Jara’s last poem, Forrest Gander, tr.

Forrest Gander--Jara, Victor, Last Poem, 5-27-17

A Brief Exchange on the Poetics of Politics, between Charles Alexander and Kent Johnson

http://dispatchespoetry.com/articles/letters/2017/05/1274

Stan Persky on Larry Fagin (1937-2017)

"A little over a decade ago, I was in New York and met with Larry one spring morning. Shortly after, I wrote an account of being in New York in a…

To Ben, by Murat Nemet-Nejat

To Ben (Address given by Murat Nemet-Nejat at the Memorial Event for Benjamin Hollander at the Poetry Center, San Francisco, on February 5, 2017)…

Materialism Can Kiss My Ass: (a long poem dictated to the editors of Dispatches by the spirit of Robert Duncan, transcribed on May 22, 2017, between 1:31 and 11:59 PM, CST.)

"The measure all used his time congealed labour in which abstractions things keep no resemblance goods created integrated all hues hi their natural…

Murat Nemet-Nejat to Dispatches, 23 May 2017

Thank you Dispatches, To me, the most electrifying moment in the [Duncan/Watten/Zukofsky] audiotape occurs when Duncan says, in his translation…

André Spears to Dispatches, 23 May 2017

So, what we need is another "pope" issuing excommunications from his pulpit in the avant-garde, after Breton & Bernstein: Johnson? Just shoot…

Poetry Wars Revived, by Paul Nelson

"Most of the LANGPO vs. Black Mountain poetry war was fought before I was invested in poetry, so I have done my best to catch up, but a recrudescence…

Niedecker ‘treasure trove’ returned to Fort museum

The poet and critic Steel Wagstaff, at the University of Wisconsin/Madison and Board member of Friends of Lorine Niedecker, has sent us the following…

Ghostly Nostalgia, Kitsch, and Post-History, by Bill Freind

In “Free Speech for Poets Dispatch #1: Ann Coulter!,” an unnamed Dispatches editor (who I assume is Kent Johnson) decries the “proto-Stalinism” of…

Michael Heller celebrated

The poet Jon Curley (co-editor with Burt Kimmelman ofThe Poetry and Poetics of Michael Heller: A Nomad Memory), at Poets House in NYC, on May 13,…

Special Dispatch: Recovering a Suppressed and Vital Document of Post-War American Poetry

  Around a decade ago, writing in the Contemporary Poetry Review (in a review of Louis Zukofsky: Selected Poems, ed. by Charles Bernstein,…

poem, by andrew whiteman

happy to oblige cant wait to hear  watt's so contentious about a zuk lecture * * * * *  andrew whiteman, a Canadian musician and…

John Rigney to Dispatches, 14 May 2017

Dear Dispatches:   Thanks for the Duncan/Watten Zukofsky recording -- this seems to fit in very well with my own thoughts about legitimacy and…

OBU Manifestos 19, 20, & 21

OBU Manifesto 19    The movement is the sum of all movements (though it doesn’t yet exist). The movement is the empty space between the…

Dispatches contributor Annie Finch on Literary Sexual Abuse

"About six months ago, I learned that several of the people who had posted comments in response to my first and second posts on Literary Sexual…

Eliot Katz to Dispatches, 6 May 2017

Dear Dispatches: Just wanted to let you know that I’ve enjoyed your email dispatches. Having worked for about 7 or 8 years in the past with the PEN…

Love and State, by Murat Nemet-Nejat

"The genius of fascism is that it is based on love. The leviathan of state turns into a performer of gentle punishment, loving duress. In fascism,…

The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones

I swallowed an iron moon they called it a screw   I swallowed industrial wastewater and unemployment forms bent over machines, our youth died…

Michael Boughn on various apocalypses

"That’s all fine and well and very intellectual, but there’s another dimension, too, much less cool and brainy: guns. Guns have surpassed people as…

Resist Much/Obey Little at Cooper Union

On the spot Lincoln stood, at Cooper Union, NYC, in his 1860 House Divided Speech. The legendary Bob Holman presiding here, on April 30, 2017,…

Joe Safdie and Dispatches exchange views on Coulter, resistance, freedom and the usefulness of silencing people

Dear Dispatches, Been thinking a bit about the Coulter nonsense and the sheer idiocy of aligning with cretins like her. So I think there’s probably…