William Freind to Emily Post-Avant 19 August 2019 [re Hicok and Yu]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, In your most recent post on the Bob Hicok-Timothy Yu exchange, you write: Seriously, these two guys are, in fact, peas in a…


A Dream Review of Patricia Lockwood’s Miette, by Monsieur Furry Paws

Miette means “little crumb.” She really likes snacks, so it turned out to be a prophetic name. She wants little, tiny snacky crumbs and things,…


Robin Blaser Biography and Photographs

Announcing the publication of A Literary Biography of Robin Blaser: Mechanic of Splendor The Blaser biography is available for pre-order from…


Emily Post-Avant, on What One of Her Dispatches Editors Said, 8/14/2019

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, Did you see what Kent Johnson, one of the Editors of Dispatches, said about Asian-American poets? May I suggest you…


New Olson Study by Joshua Hoenck

"Joshua Hoeynck’s Staying Open: Charles Olson’s Sources and Influences sheds further light on Olson’s inspirations and offers renewed perspectives…


Emily Post-Avant, 12 August 2019 [On the Bob Hicok vs. Timothy Yu Thing]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, So you obviously have to say something about the Bob Hicok vs. Timothy Yu thing! Hicok:…


The Offering

Andre Spears -- The Offering


An Interview with Zhang Er, by Paul Nelson

"Once I was there [China], I realize it is something actually, a gaping hole in my life. I don't realize it is there. And discovered a world ... a…


At the Fence Line — A Non-Descriptive Tale (1973) by Albert Glover & John Clarke

"At the Fence Line — A Non-Descriptive Tale” first appeared in NEXT (San Rafael: Burn Books, 1981), ed. Bill Scharf . Glover & Clarke - At the…


The Hybrid Female No – Sexual Sadism in David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

The key to sexual sadism is the sadist’s belief that his victim needs the rape, grope, incest, assault, slut-shaming, domination, objectivization,…


XO – A Tale for a New Atlantis

[Click the thumbnail for the Virtual Chapbook. The pdf is best viewed when downloaded by clicking the down arrow.]   Xo    


A Personal Memory of Mr. John Ashbury, Including Commentary on a Few Well-Known Early Poems, Composed by B. Voigt, of Cle Elum, WA, Inspired by the Review at Dispatches of Mr. James Tate by Mr. Kent Johnson  

John Ashbury is a poet I’ve had a love and hate affair with, in this dream I’ve been having, for almost forty years. I mean, ever since I foolishly…


Clashing and Conflicting Voices: A Review of The Miseries of Poetry: Traductions from the Greek

The Miseries of Poetry: Traductions from the Greek translated by Alexandra Papaditsas and Kent Johnson Skanky Possum, 2003; 52 pages What to make of…


Emily Post-Avant: On the Poet-Laureate Kerfuffle in New Hampshire, 7/22/2019 ** [see update note at end]

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, I assume you have seen the news on this Poet Laureate of New Hampshire spat. If not, check this out: Who Gets to Be…


The New Colossus

  German translator, Günter Plessow, translated Emma Lazarus’ famous sonnet on the Statue of Liberty into German, and then, based on the…


In Octopus Bardo

james cook -- In Octopus Bardo


A Review of The Governor’s Lake: Lost Poems, by James Tate (from The Dream Reviews, a book of reviews in progress)

—for Dan Chiasson The other day I started to read James Tate’s posthumous The Governor’s Lake, subtitled The Lost Poems. I liked the book very much.…


Colombia’s verse rebels vindicated but defiant after 60 years [link]

[ “The editors forward this link to the readers of Dispatches as a piece of good news in poetryland, and in anticipation of a post-macho…


2 Poems

Johnny Payne - 2 Poems


4 Poems

  James Chapson -- 4 Poems


The Reluctant Assassin: Reviews and Reflections — The Barista

  Not long ago, I read a report, one of those meant to invoke alarm and despair, about the decline of the liberal arts in American…


Ms. Emily Post-Avant responds to Kristin Prevallet

  Dear Ms. Prevallet, I am writing this with a nine-tab wad of Nicorette in my mouth. It’s like a huge plug of chewing tobacco and tastes about…


Kristin Prevallet to Dispatches, 3 July 2019 [on Ms. Emily Post-Avant and poet therapists]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, I appreciated reading your response to the Poet from Missoula who queried about the efficacy of poetry advice columns,…


Keeping Score (for Tom Clark)

A tribute read at the memorial for Tom Clark at Bird & Beckett Books, 1 July 2019.   Keeping Score (For Tom)


Ms. Emily Post-Avant, 1 July 2019 [on the Garrulous Therapists of the Paris Review “Poetry RX” Mental Health Office]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, I’m sure you’ve seen the Paris Review “Poetry RX” column, where various poets take turns playing counselors for people…