Two Letters: One to Mark Nowak and another in reply to Chris Fischbach, Publisher of Coffee House Press, regarding a troubling matter in Nowak’s recent book, Social Poetics

  [Versions of the following two letters were emailed by Kent Johnson to Mark Nowak and Chris Fischbach, respectively, on March 25th. The one…

Joel Oppenheimer, Marriage Poem

From Ragged Lion Press in England:

The Trump Plague spreads

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2 Poems

Dan Zimmerman - 2 Poems

I Dreamt Us Having A Pure Son and Father Moment [link]

A reversed perspective of Kent Johnson’s “I Dreamt Us Having A Pure Father and Son Moment” I Dreamt Us Having A Pure Son and Father Moment

Emily Post-Avant, on the Presence of Poetical Spookiness in a Time of Plague, 3/19/20

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, Me here again. I trust you’re hanging on, (despite your pretty flipped last sortie). Confusing times, yes? So,…

from Epic without Organs

André Spears -Epic without Organs 1-5

4 Poems

Pat Nolan - 4 Poems

At a Chinese Restaurant, in LA

A bland room with peeling beige wallpaper and mind- numbing paintings which were apathetically arranged on the walls. The restaurant's demeanor…

Working Notes on Ballad Practice 1

[See also Ballad Practice — 3 Ballads, by Richard Owens] THE MAST The species of an eye with the neck of an owl—a circumspect specimen that carefully…

Ballad Practice — 3 Ballads

[See also Working Notes on Ballad Practice 1, by Richard Owens]…

Covid Kids, Part 1

Julien Poirier - Covid Kids, Part 1

Projective Verse, Space-time, and Attention

  Joe Safdie - Projective Verse, Spaace-time, and Attention

Pantokrator Poems


March 19 — Poem for Iraq

Elliott Colla - March 19—poem for Iraq

Edward Dorn, Satire, and the Via Negativa

Joe Safdie - Dorn and the Via NegativaEd Dorn and the Via Negativa

Emily Post-Avant, on the AWP Coronavirus Petri Dish, Privileged White Poets, and Indigenous Dancers, March 12, 2020

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, I recently attended the 2020 AWP conference in San Antonio, Texas, a gathering of writers trying to get rid of their…

Old Brown — A Sample

  Paulenich - Old Brown sample

Letter to Kent from Fort Wayne

George Kalamaras - Letter to Kent from Fort Wayne-sent to Kent 2020

4 Poems

Ramón Garcia -- 4 poems

David Lehman to Dispatches, 20 February 2020

[Regarding Emily Post-Avant: On the Matter of Who Is Presently the Greatest Living Poet of “America,” and Certain Intriguing Rumors that John Ashbery…

John Phillips to Dispatches — Dogs and Mother Death, 6 March 2020

Dear Dispatches — Ah, life is tough, yes. Indeed. Three days in Fishponds, Bristol, sleeping on the floor ( the blow-up bed collapsed during the…