John Rigney reviews Kent Johnson’s Homage to the Pseudo Avant-Garde (link)

Homage to the Pseudo Avant-Garde "Throughout this book, Kent Johnson shows us that poetry does not stop. The poetasters of the past, and the critics…

I Tried to Honor the Ancestors Naropa University, June 15, 2017, by Lisa Jarnot

I want to talk today about why we’re here at the Jack Kerouac School for this 43rd Summer Writing Program and where we’re at as writers and as humans…

Dispatch #10 — from Jerusalem, by William Blake

Eternity groan'd & was troubled, at the image of Eternal Death! Beneath the bottoms of the Graves. which is Earths central joint. There is a…

Poetry Foundation dolzhna byt’ natsionalizirovana!!

"The Poetry Foundation must be nationalized."

Late Hominid Poetics – Overview, by Lisa Jarnot

Late Hominid Poetics overview

Pipe wars, from André Spears

Magritte's famous painting is a reply to André Breton & Paul Eluard, who wrote (in La Revolution Surréaliste # 12, 1929): " La poésie est une…

Sharon Thesen answers the Canlit moralists

“If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen,” was the advice given to me once when I was upset about being vilified for voting for a strike…

Homage to J.H. Prynne

Homage to J.H. Prynne, new scolder of naïve, deceived poets (mainly American ones, like Charles Olson), who fall prey, in his words, to "crackpot"…

Dispatch #24 – Harriet finally sees the light

Dispatches from the Poetry Wars has been posting alerts and articles about the shameful imprisonment of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour for many weeks…

Wiki Entry for “Flarf Pottery”

Flarf pottery is an avant-garde pottery interchange of the speedy 21st epoch. The dub Flarf was think up by the dude Gary Sultan, who also carved and…

Book dispatch – a review of Ed Dorn’s Derelict Air: From Collected Out, by Victor Coleman

Review of Ed Dorn’s Derelict Air: From Collected Out (Enitharmon, London, 2015) Assembled by Justin Katko and Kyle Waugh, two of the four editors of…

From an interview with Roberto Bolaño, ca. 2000, Lucerne, Switzerland

Q: Which authors would you number among your precursors? Borges? Cortázar? Nicanor Parra? Neruda? Kafka? In Tres you write: “I dreamt that Earth was…

Microreviews Vol. 1, by Justice Poeticus

Benjamin Fondane: Cinepoems and Others Edited by Leonard Schwartz Translated by Mitchell Abidor, Marianne Bailey, E.M. Cioran, Marilyn Hacker, Henry…

Guest Dispatch, from Andrew Levy

At present our artists prefer borrowed vessels and feeble imitation of ready-made alien forms. If their way is not always a very reputable one, it is…

Dispatch #22 – Of Black Shootings by Police, Poet Asks: When Will It Stop?”

Dispatches Contributing Editor Ed Pavlic Interview with NPR: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/poetry/black-shootings-police-poet-asks-will-stop%E2%80%8B/

International Dispatch #3, from Pierre Joris in Europe

All going well here, Kent & Mike — have read Ammiel’s response, of course. Agree wholeheartedly. Right now so caught up in work (intro to a…

Dispatches and the Poetry Wars from Bill Freind

You couldn’t find two people who agreed about when it began, how could you say when it began going off? Mission intellectuals like 1909 as the…

Dispatch #17 – Kent Johnson to the British–Irish Poetry List

It should be noted that the major figures of U.S. Language writing (most explicitly in the case of Barrett Watten, whose embarrassing series of…

David Levi Strauss on Bill Berkson (1939-2016_

First and last a poet, certainly, but also a great writer on art. He was there at the birth of the short-form review, mostly written by poets, and…

Special Dispatch #3 – from Pierre Joris on The Confucius Institute and Chinese language control

Further to the Confucius Institute matters: this organization is more deeply & intelligently involved in controlling and suppressing writing the…