A salute to our dear Dispatches fellow-editor Ammiel Alcalay, as well as all those involved in the amazing Lost & Found project, at CUNY, on the occasion of winning the American Book Award.

https://www.centerforthehumanities.org/news/ammiel-alcalay-wins-an-american-book-award-as-general-editor-of-lost-found-the-cuny-poetics-document-initi

How close to death love leads us, by Julien Poirier

HOW CLOSE TO DEATH LOVE LEADS US David Meltzer’s death bus came and got me on the edge of a microkingdom I’d been sharking since spring, when…

I once met Tom Raworth, by Kent Johnson

I one met the supreme poet Tom Raworth. This was in England. I can’t remember the year, exactly. It was a Saturday, though, and we walked from his…

David Giannini to Dispatches Re: new “Ashbery biz, 30 September 2016”

Hello Dispatches! The "At North Farm" document's signature appears to be genuine, based on various signed editions I have from Ashbery. What makes no…

Emily Post-Avant, 30 August 2017

This is the beginning of a weekly column, special to Dispatches. Emily invites people to submit letters to her and she will be happy to answer them.…

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…

Tom Raworth, 1938-2017

         Tom Raworth 1938-2017   Envoi I could go on like this all dayTi-tum ti-tum and doodly-ay…

David Meltzer

Dispatches has just had news that our friend David Meltzer has suffered a massive stroke. Please keep him in your thoughts today.

‘Your Lifelong Prisoner’ – Liu Xiaobo’s poem from prison

To Xia My dear, I'll never give up the struggle for freedom from the oppressors' jail, but I'll be your willing prisoner for life. I'm your…

Juan Goytisolo writer dies at 86 in Marrakech

From Ammiel Alcalay: With sadness the news came that a true giant of witness, testimony, form, and conscience, Juan Goytisolo, passed away in his…

And what word of protest against this latest obscenity might there be from jaunting post-avant U.S. poet-academics, who frequently jet to China,…

Notes toward Thanksgiving, U.S.A., An Assay, by David Giannini

NOTES TOWARD THANKSGIVING, U.S.A., An Assay

Ten poems, by Robert Gibbons

Robert Gibbons Ten poems for Dispatches

Have we run out of grievances yet, by Andrew Dubois

Dubois -- Have We Run Out of Grievances Yet

The Fatalist, by Anne Waldman

The FatalistAW

Bruce Rosen to Dispatches, 28 August 2017

Bom dia, Dispatches, Despite my kindergarten-level computer skills and wood-fired browser, I enjoyed checking out your "65 Years of Outward" piece…

Basil King to Burt Kimmelman and Dispatches, 27 August 2017

Re: "Who is There?: Revisiting Michael Brown’s Autopsy Report and Reassessing Conceptual Poetry Two Years after “Interrupt 3”", by Burt Kimmelman…