Lissa Wolsak interviewed by Kent Johnson

[Conducted early 2001] KJ: When writers get interviewed in the Paris Review, they seem always to get asked: How do you compose-- with a pencil, a…

Omar Pérez interviewed by Kent Johnson

Interview with Omar Perez, one of Cuba's leading poets, and son of Che Guevara, interviewed by Kent Johnson:…

CA Conrad: The Poet with the Chops to Tell Us How Loathsome Old Walt Whitman Really Was

Note: Dispatches received this letter from CA Conrad on July 27, in response to our satirical Po-Biz Stock Report (posted two days prior), which made…

The Discs of Snow, by Kent Johnson

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The Debate That Died, by Kent Johnson (link)

"Here, as partial explanation, is a conceit with which I think Amiri Baraka might be in general agreement: Language and its Post-Language residues…

Because of Poetry, by Kent Johnson

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Introduction to A Question Mark above the Sun: Documents on the Mystery Surrounding a Famous Poem “By” Frank O’Hara

  [This redacted epigraph, a single-line quote by Kenneth Koch from Brad Gooch’s biography of Frank O’Hara, City Poet, is to the following…

CADA: Lessons for Poetic Revolts to Come, by Kent Johnson and Robert Neustadt (from the new issue of Lana Turner Journal)

 From the new issue of Lana Turner Journal: http://www.lanaturnerjournal.com/ CADA final proof red

It’s Hard Being a Famous Poet, by Kent Johnson

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Poetry Will Save Your Life, by Kent Johnson

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Dispatch #24 – Harriet finally sees the light

Dispatches from the Poetry Wars has been posting alerts and articles about the shameful imprisonment of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour for many weeks…

Dispatch #17 – Kent Johnson to the British–Irish Poetry List

It should be noted that the major figures of U.S. Language writing (most explicitly in the case of Barrett Watten, whose embarrassing series of…

Dispatch #20 – Unfree poetry for brave Marxists

Last April, as one of the contributors to Harriet’s National Poetry Month blog feature, Joshua Clover, widely known as a “communist” poet, ended his…

This is Just to Say – for David Lehman

This is Just to Say – for David Lehman   I have written that the Best  American Poetry is a crass money- making institution one that reproduces…

Marjorie Perloff, Avant-Garde Poetics, and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, by Kent Johnson

[The following essay appeared in Chicago Review, in early 2013. Shortly after its appearance, many other protests against the racialist bias of the…

Emergency Melville Dispatch 1

Something rather shocking happened within the “prestigious precincts” of American poetry web spaces, on September 28th, 2016. For on that day the…

I once met Tom Raworth, by Kent Johnson

I one met the supreme poet Tom Raworth. This was in England. I can’t remember the year, exactly. It was a Saturday, though, and we walked from his…

Let Us Now Give Thanks to the New American Poetry, by Kent Johnson

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Open Letter to [Unnamed Poet] from Kent Johnson, 12 May 2016

[The below was sent yesterday to a well-known poet, who had written a measured and extended email to Dispatches, critiquing the Open Letter by Kent…

Prize list II, by Kent Johnson

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Blackface and the Poetry Foundation

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PoBiz Stock Index Update, 4 April 2016

Second-Gen ConPo Visions instruments have risen slowly in past four months after Board signaled that remaining stock held in ConPo Central Industries…

Homage to the Pseudo Avant-Garde, by Kent Johnson

Dispatches from the Poetry Wars is pleased to announce the launch of Dispatches Editions (an imprint of Spuyten Duyvil Press). We begin with the…