A Big Work Presented to All: An Interview with George Bowering and George Stanley (part 1) [link]

"Lyric poetry has been getting a bad name in the past decade or two, at least among the poets and critics I like to hang with. I take part in the…


Emergency Dispatch — Ninth Friday

As events unfold in Algeria, Dispatches would like to alert our readers to an important new book that traces, through the friendship of Albert Camus…


Garrett Phelps reviews Amanda Berenguer’s Materia Prima [link]

“Most striking about Berenguer’s poetry is its sheer constructedness, which is as flagrant as those exposed brick interiors with a grid of metal…


A Friend to the Infinite — a review of Materia Prima by Amanda Berenguer

  John Bradley -- Materia Prima review Materia Prima at Ugly Duckling Press


Dispatch #44 — A Note on Forrest Gander’s Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

  Forrest Gander has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for 2019, for his book Be With. He has been a contributor to Dispatches from…


Special AWP Dispatch — AWPed Out

Portland was wonderful, as usual, but the AWP was miserable. First the enjoyable part--Portland has good food. We found a small boulangerie downtown…


A Stab in the Dark The Milestone Poetry Collection of Border Region Literature by Facundo Bernal/Translated by Anthony Seidman [link]

Bernal has a keen eye and a smart mouth, and this combination provides many satisfactions. Without detracting from Bernal’s book, it’s fair to say…


Dispatches Editor Helps to Rebuild Puerto Rico

Dispatches Editor Kent Johnson is currently in Puerto Rico where, instead of handing our paper towels, he is helping to rebuild homes damaged by the…


La Dernière Mode (Poétique), Numéro 2

AND I’m back from Portland. Yes, this was the very first time your faithful correspondent has attended the AWP, that vast scrum of poets, fiction…


Where Babylon Ends

[Click the thumbnail for the virtual book]   Where Babylon Ends opt


The Duncan/Olson Dichotomy — a review (link)

Adam Katz reviews An Open Map: The Correspondence of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles…


Tarot reading #4 — Will Trump be crushed under Mueller’s magnetic hoofbeat?

Will Trump be crushed under Mueller’s magnetic hoofbeat? Here we move from intimate, personal questions into the realm of the collective. The poem…


The Heraldic Vision (1967)

This essay is reproduced from The Embattled Lyric — Essays and Conversations in Poetics and Anthropology by Nathaniel Tarn (Stanford University…


A photo gallery

Gallup, NM, 1970s Santiago Atitlan Guatemala, 1979 . Copyright © Janet Rodney.…


abhorrences 3-23-19

Ammiel Alcalay - abhorrence 3-23-29


Dispatches highly recommends The Age of Disenchantments [link]

This is how Aaron Shulman's recently published non-fiction historical narrative, The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most…


Translation/Antitranslation/Culture/Multiculture — Some contradictions?

This essay first appeared in Talking Poetics from the Naropa Institute. Ed. Anne Waldman and Marilyn Webb (Shambhala,1978).   Tarn - Translation…


Is there, currently, an American poetry?

This essay was in response to the question, "Is there, currently, an American poetry," presented to a symposium in American Poetry 4.2 (Winter……


Child as Father to the Man in the American Uni-Verse

This essay first appeared in American Poetry 1.2 (1984)   Tarn - Child as Father to the Man (1984) red


Dispatches Contributing Editor Runa Bandyopadhyay Interviews Charles Bernstein (lnk)

"Understanding is to stand under whereas I want to be inside. Clarity, coherence, and expression are often shibboleths that stand in the way of the…


Emily Post-Avant, re: the Miseries of Poetry and the Impossible Desert Bookstore of the Atacama Desert, 3/3/2019

Dear Emily, In a recent trip to Northern Chile, subsequent to an archaeologists’ conference at the University of Santiago, I came across a small…


Microreviews, Vol. 10

The New Nudity Hadara Bar-Nadav Saturnalia Books ($16.00) Poem as riddle as object as truthiness: “Who holds a pen and lies.”  A poet? * The Milk…


The Dialogics of Will Alexander & Heller Levinson, Part 2 (link)

"A major reason why I rail against banal first person narrative poetry, which is so rampant these days, is that it is not what is called for.…