A Guest Open Letter on Abuse and Complicit Silence in the Poetry Field

Why have the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, Omnidawn, PennSound, Wave Books, and Wesleyan…

A Guest Open Letter on Abuse and Complicit Silence in the Poetry Field

In the wake of learning of the decade-plus history of abuse carried out by a well-known American poet, as described in a feature at Dispatches from…

Bill Freind to Dispatches, 30 May 2018

Hey Dispatches, You’re the MS-13 of the poetry world, a shadowy, evil, and foreign entity that threatens the sanctity and very life of North American…

Dispatch #34 – Barry Goes Ballistic, or, How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot while Accusing Others of Racism

Recently, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars posted a long exchange between Barrett Watten and Nathaniel Mackey. The post included salvaged texts from a…

Commedia, by I Goldfarb — New from Dispatches Editions

  Dispatches Editions is very pleased to announce the publication of Commedia, by I Goldfarb

Dispatch #33 – When personal is political

Dispatches is aware of the criticism circulating on social media regarding its posting of the Nathaniel Mackey/Barrett Watten Exchange. The primary…

Dispatches to Barret Watten, 24 May 2018

In the light of Barrett Watten's recent Blog post (25 May 2018) which attacks Nathaniel Mackey and Dispatches co-editor Kent Johnson with a barrage…

Ducasse/Maldoror/Lautréamont – Mayo del 68 – Erotismo Sexualidad, from Uruguay, via Silvia Guerra

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Dispatches welcome Linh Dinh

Dispatches is extremely pleased to announce that Linh Dinh, poet and photographer extraordinaire, has joined our Contributing Editors. We are…

The Barrett Watten / Nathaniel Mackey Encounter

  The first part of this extended Dispatches feature is an excerpt from a long exchange that took place on Barrett Watten’s Facebook page, May 8-11,…

A review of Francis Levy’s Tombstone — Not A Western, by Evan Harris (link)

"Mr. Levy’s project is an earnest and driven seeking. All those jokes are mined as fuel to keep the inquiry moving forward. Those who are there —…

Ben Niespodziany interviews Linh Dinh [as published at Neon Pajamas]

  From 1998 to 2010, Vietnamese American author Linh Dinh released six books of poetry, one translation, two collections of short stories, and…

Tokyo Dreaming, by Linh Dinh (link)

"We landed in darkness. The last time I was in Narita was 18 years earlier. With a six-hour layover, I inexplicably didn’t leave the airport. “Can I…

Dispatches Welcomes Rasula and Poirier as Contributing Editors

Dispatches s pleased to announce that Jed Rasula and Julien Poirier have signed on to Dispatches as Contributing Editors. Jed Rasula is a poet and…

Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Beat Poet and Author, Dies at 87 (link)

“When Bob and I were first together, he had three things he would say,” Ms Hawkins said. “One of them was ‘I’ll never live in a house with a woman…

Emergency Dispatch on Zionist Violence, by Ammiel Alcalay

This statement was sent to me by Khaled Furani, professor of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, a dear friend of mine and of the late Benjamin…

Emergency Dispatch on Zionist Violence, by Ammiel Alcalay

This statement was sent to me by Khaled Furani, professor of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, a dear friend of mine and of the late Benjamin…

Finally . . . what took you so long, PoFo?

Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, which was the first and only poetry venue to come to the insistent defense of the martyr Liu Xiaobo, and of his…

Dispatches welcomes Byrd, DuPlessis, and Kalamaras to its editorial crew

Dispatches is extremely pleased to announce that Don Byrd, Rachel DuPlessis, and George Kalamaras have signed on as Dispatches Contributing Editors.…

The poet Joseph Massey’s disturbing history of abuse (link)

Some weeks ago, Dispatches was the first poetry venue to come to the defense of various women writers who suffered abuse and intimidation from…

When Smoke Broke Up with Mirrors, by Julien Poirier

Call it the onset of some kind of craziness, but I actually feel personally responsible for the Israeli military’s murder of Palestinian protesters…

Dispatches Welcomes Five New Contributing Editors

We announced a few days ago that poetry legends Anne Waldman and Nathaniel Tarn have joined as Contributing Editors to Dispatches from the Poetry…