Dispatches Dream review of John Bradley

A Dream Review of John Bradley’s Spontaneous Mummification, winner of the 2019 International James Tate Poetry Prize, Dublin, Ireland, forthcoming in…

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…

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A Review of The Governor’s Lake: Lost Poems, by James Tate (from The Dream Reviews, a book of reviews in progress)

—for Dan Chiasson The other day I started to read James Tate’s posthumous The Governor’s Lake, subtitled The Lost Poems. I liked the book very much.…

The Terror of the Poet David Shapiro in conversation with Kent Johnson [link]

"No, I know nobody, I am nobody, I know nothing, and feel closest to the “Que sais-je?” motto . In Jewish law, if one doesn’t know, you are required…

Poetry Wars in Chile: Zurita vs. Parra

  We have received the following article from the major Chilean daily, La Tercera. “‘Se te nota demasiado que Parra te estorba’: Colombina…

On the Poet James Chapson

(Read Jim Chapson's "11 Poems")   It’s a matter of little weight for most, no question, but the tavern-thick, working-class city of Milwaukee,…

Dispatch #42 – On Linh Dinh’s duplicitous, hateful rhetoric

Dispatch #42 – On Linh Dinh’s duplicitous, hateful rhetoric

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."…

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…