5 Poems

Brian Richards - 5 Poems


5 Poems from Horse’s Mouth: Letters without Bodies

Letter #9 It was definitely an option to pay for a few good poets and playwrights—and they were really up tight. Schedule a meeting at my house? And…


An Adda with Poetry, Song and Discussion

Runa - meet vinnomukh-april-2019-min (1)


Freshly Animate Investigative Poetry: Asiya Wadud’s Syncope

"In his infamous 1976 poetic manifesto Ed Sanders proclaims: “Poetry, to go forward, in my view, has to begin a voyage into the description of…


Could Someone Tell Me Why?

Yeah, so some of the people who were my former friends are now dead. I feel bad about that, but then I think to myself, Hey, life is short and at…


Inciting Poetics — New from Dispatches authors Jeanne Heuving and Tyrone Williams

  "The essays in Inciting Poetics provide provocative answers to the book’s opening question, “What are poetics now?” Authored by some of the…


sound on the spot

"In Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky pointed out that the senses are reciprocal, supporting one another synesthetically. In practice, the…


Johnny Payne to Dispatches, 22 August 2019 [re: Hicok & Yu and the situation of poetry]

Dear Dispatches: Your response to Bill Freind and the larger situation is exhaustive.  You make valid observations.  This war has been going on since…


A Reply to Bill Freind, on the Bob Hicok/Tim Yu Matter, by Dispatches

Dear Bill, We never thought it would require saying, but Emily Post-Avant (who’s given us permission to respond on her behalf) writes a poetry…


“The Place & the Thing & the Act, of the Action,” by Charles Olson; Introduction by John Faulise

"The care of the substance, the physical object, to have it right. The physiology, the "sense" of organs. It is hard to apply an objective stance…


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