Joshua Weiner to Dispatches, 17 December 2018

Dear Editors, I think Poetry should be more like APR and publish big photographs of the poets, but without the poems.   The poems are totally boring…


Bill & Lou, Part II The Descent of Winter By Tom Sharp (excerpted from The Objectivists) (Link)

‘Louis Zukofsky took Ezra Pound’s suggestion to edit The Descent of Winter by William Carlos Williams for “Exile 4”. Williams began the sequence “on…


Dispatch #41: An Informational (but Ethical) Note on the Poetry Foundation’s Leadership Team

Dispatches, during its annual address to the Augean Stables of the Professional Poetry Industry, stumbled upon a shocking bit of information as we…


How the CIA Helped Shaped American Creative Writing (link)

“The Iowa Writer’s Workshop “emerged in the 1930s and powerfully influenced the creative-writing programs that followed,” Bennett explains. “More…


Emily Post-Avant, December 13, 2018 [Re: Harmony Holiday on Amiri Baraka and the Current Dispensations of American Poetry]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, What's with Harmony Holiday just now discovering Amiri Baraka went to Cuba? She hadn't ever realized he never wore the same…


Po-Biz Stock Index Update, 12 December 2018 [POC VIP PO Inc. Stocks Rocket after Kevin Young Appears on Front Page of NYT Business Section]

Poetry stocks, which had returned lackluster overall results over the past two quarters (partly due to chronic plagiarism rumors—see PoBiz Stock…


Rejected from the Rockies to Dispatches, 10 December 2018 [re: laureates and boring poems]

Hey Dispatches, Let’s pretend for a moment there were such a thing as conversation. While we’re pretending, let’s carry our imaginations further.…


Reply from Dispatches to Julien Poirier, 12/6/2018

Hi, Julien. Thanks for your letter. As we have often said, we love getting critiques, and not least from folks like you who are on our editorial…


PoBiz Stock Index Update, 7 December 2018—Feds Take Down Rogue Poetry Plagiarist in Daring Café Raid

PoBiz stock markets rebounded sharply today on news that the Federal Poetry Police (FPP) had apprehended master Po-thief, Amy Poole. Her poem, “Gun…


Tod Thilleman to Dispatches, 6 December 2018 [on Ms. Emily and Tracy K. Smith]

thanks, Dispatches, reading between layouts here. just a thot, and not much more than that: what will come of imprecations toward public figures,…


Julien Poirier to Dispatches, 6 December 2018 [on Ms. Emily and Tracey K. Smith]

Dear Dispatches: I like the latest post from Emily and also the new poem by Brad Cran. About the post. I haven't particularly enjoyed the Tracy…


Emily Post-Avant, 4 December 2018 [on the Well-Behaved Laureate, Tracy K. Smith]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, I was wondering if you’d seen this new micro-interview in The Believer, with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, conducted by…


Zukofsky and Williams, by Tom Sharp (excerpted from The Objectivists) [link]

The extent of the friendship and mutual influence of Louis Zukofsky and William Carlos Williams is not sufficiently known. Williams’ autobiography…


Don’t Be Irreverent – for Sky Gilbert

Brad Cran - Don’t Be Irreverent Also check out Sky Gilbert's blog post, I’m Afraid of ‘Woke People’


Two Poems for David Bromige

[Jacket2 incorrectly dates Bromige's reading of "I am a brainwashed Sudanese poet" as "1990," at a "memorial reading for Robert Duncan."…


Microreviews, Vol. 8

  Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trumps America Maria Isabel Alvarez and Dante Di Stefano New York Quarterly Books ($21.95)  …


Americanos Muthos de Blanc

Americanos Muthos de Blanc


Emily Post-Avant, 19 November 2018 [On Kate Colby and Charles Olson]

  Dear Ms. Emily Post-Avant: I learned about a poet named Charles Olson a couple of years ago in an extension course here at the local college.…


 Emily Post-Avant 17 November 2018 [On Juliana Spahr’s Odd Confusions in the Introduction to Her New Book, Du Bois’s Telegram]

    Dear Emily Post-Avant, I have read the couple of things you’ve written in the past few weeks about the Commune group. I find the…


A look at Charles Olson through the works of Kate Colby, Amanda Cook and Kate Tarlow Morgan (link)

A look at Charles Olson through the works of Kate Colby, Amanda Cook and Kate Tarlow Morgan at the Gloucester Writers Center:…


Threnody for the Death at the Borders

James Berger - Threnody for the Death at the Borders


Fluxus in 2018: A BufFfluxus Florilegium

Michael Basinski - BufFfluxus 2018


A BufFfluxus 2018 photo gallery

publicity shot for the event Lamont Michael…


Emily Post-Avant, 13 November 2018 – [On the Commune Group’s Silence in Face of Comrade Moody’s Teaching Moment]

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, Thanks for the update about the Commune. Their new magazine looks like other left-liberal publications (albeit with…


A photo gallery

Joe Torra and Gerrit Gerrit, Diane DiPrima Gerrit, Julia Torra…