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

Thanks to the New American Poetry final

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

Prize List II dispatches

Blackface and the Poetry Foundation

dispatches Blackface and the Poetry Foundatio1

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…

Pobiz Stock Index Update, 15 April 2016

Pobiz Stock Index Update, 15 April 2016

PoBiz Stock Index Update, 12 April 2016

PoBiz Stock Index Update, 12 April 2016

Five Short Essays and Five Short Biographies, by Kent Johnson

– with a nod to the fénéon collective  Short Essay on the Queer Relationship between Poetry and Translation The Rabbit of Translation is to…

Special Insider Pobiz Dispatch #1 (Entertainment Tonight Edition): Slate’s Article on the Academy of American Poets Gala before Its Radical Revision by the Magazine’s Editors

Stocks have been on the upswing for Academy of American Poets Enterprises (as the magazine Dispatches to the Poetry Wars might put it) with reports…

Emergency Dispatch #2

 Why are so-called progressive "experimental U.S. poets appearing under the auspices of a government that routinely persecutes and imprisons…

Pobiz Stock Index Update, 20 July 2016

Pobiz Stock Index Update, 20 July 2016

PoBiz Stock Index Update, 21 April 2016

PoTemp Solutions stock soared on news that Eleaonore Mylestone, justly beloved poet, will reveal today at the Harriet blog exactly how much she is…

A Short Interview with Omar Al-Nakib, poet of Kuwait, with Kent Johnson

dispatches Interview with Omar Al-Nakib (3)

Interview of Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson, by Reforma, daily newspaper in Mexico City

  Interview of Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson, by Reforma, daily newspaper in Mexico City  1. Could you please tell me how the…

Poetry and Resistance, Introduction to Resist Much / Obey Little, by Kent Johnson and Michael Boughn

Poetry and Resistance   It seems incredible that this very thick book, here in its finished form, was conceived, solicited, selected, assembled,…