Meet the Press: Dante Di Stefano in Conversation with Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson

  Meet the Press: Dante Di Stefano in Conversation with Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson, editors of Dispatches from the Poetry Wars and its new…

The Big Neruda Problem Dispatch #1

Twenty-two years ago, the hit film Il Postino ignited something of a Pablo Neruda craze in the U.S., leading to a massive spike in sales of the great…

Preface to Kent Johnson’s Homage to the Pseudo Avant-Garde, by Michael Boughn

Preface to Kent Johnson's Homage to the Pseudo Avant-Garde    

Dispatches to Lucas Klein, 18 August 2016

Lucas, Sorry that we said Beijing and not Wuhan. I guess we meant “Beijing” more in the symbolic sense. But that aside, we absolutely grant (you do,…

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…

Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry: A Short Review

Ben Lerner thinks poetry suffers from a hatred problem. A problem arising from a lack at the core of Poetry itself. Which is the inability of poetry…

Open letter from Kent Johnson to Jennifer Scappettone, 4 May 2016

Dear Jennifer Scappettone, I see you are blogging for the Poetry Foundation this month of May. I am writing to express a concern about a matter and…

“On Money Problems, Prizes, and Harrieteers: by way of introduction,” by Kent Johnson

In the past few days, various poet-invitees have begun posting reflections at Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation. To date, two of these…

No Avant-Garde: Notes toward a Left Front of the Arts, by Kent Johnson

1.   I want to start in reiterative way, quoting a substantial extract from something that appeared almost exactly ten years back. I believe the…