Joel Oppenheimer, Marriage Poem

From Ragged Lion Press in England: https://youtu.be/xwwcN4SWkvg

The Trump Plague spreads

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David Lehman to Dispatches, 20 February 2020

[Regarding Emily Post-Avant: On the Matter of Who Is Presently the Greatest Living Poet of “America,” and Certain Intriguing Rumors that John Ashbery…

A Great Revolutionary Poet: Ernesto Cardenal (1925-2020) [link]

“Christ led me to Marx,” Father Cardenal said in an interview in 1984. “I don’t think the pope understands Marxism. For me, the four gospels are all…

The Gang in Louisville

Five Legendary Poetic Gentlemen, at Louisville, All of Whom Have Contributed to Dispatches (Photo taken following their panel on the great Robert…

A State of Industrial Grace by Craig Paulenich (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0k7ST-QDco

El Misterio Nadal: A Lost and Rescued Book by Roberto Bolaño, reviewed by Anthony Seidman [link]

“Perhaps a distant inspiration — even unbeknownst to the mysterious sources of this book — is the The Aspern Papers by Henry James. There is the same…

Emergency Appeal for Sotère Torregian

Dispatches received the following appeal from Collin Schuster * * * Sotère Torregian is on the verge of homelessness. Please help and get the word…

Difficult Speech at Louisvile

Difficult Speech at Louisville    

Cosmic Weather, by Anthony Seidman

"The great Kenneth Koch once wrote an imaginary anthology titled Some South American Poets, even though most of them didn’t sound (intentionally or…

Dispatch #49: Letter to a Student at Wayne State University

Dear *******, We appreciate your detailed letter. We don't doubt many of the people involved in this latest iteration of Poetry Cancel Culture are…

PoBiz Stock Index Update, 6 February 2020

  Poetry markets ticked upward yesterday on news that the Louisville Academic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (aka the University…

Poem for Donald Trump’s Acquittal, by Kent Johnson [link]

HI THERE, MADID, I’m an American poet, twentyish, early to mid-thirtyish, fortyish to seventyish, I’ve had poems on the Poets Against the War…

The Suburbs, by Paul Vogel [link]

A slight striation brings us to an opalescent aquapit of algae-grazing crustaceans and pedal boat taverns. Take I-94 West past the tropical…

Dispatch #48 — Despicable Us

It has come to the attention of Dispatches that certain Players in the Authorized Poetry Zones have taken to calling us despicable following our…

Burt Kimmelman reviews Hugh Seidman’s Status of the Mourned (Dispatches Editons) [link]

  “Seidman’s greatness as a poet ultimately lies in his capacity to identify with the other. Suffering rivets him. Compassion fails to…

A VERY FULL, LARGE, AND LUMINOUS SPACE”: THE POETRY OF AMANDA BERENGUER [link]

  “ . . . this anthology took more than a decade to compile, and I wasn't initially an editor. I was the translator working with selections…

Dispatch #47, The End of Language Poetry: A Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEWu4tEF1Mc

Q.R. Hand benefit

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Peter Anastas, 1937-2019

Didpastches mourns the loss of our friend, the writer, Peter Anastas who passed on December 27, 2019. For an account of Peter's life, here is a link…

Dispatch #46: On phony victimhood and the attempt to suppress debate

If anyone needed proof that Barrett Watten doesn’t get it, all they’d have to do would be to read the self-serving screed currently posted on his…

Barrett Watten responds to Dispatches from the Poetry Wars [link]

“There is a larger question, here, of the relation between “principle” and “antagonism,” and Dispatches from the Poetry Wars is at the center of that…

Dispatch #45: On the Attempt to Exclude Barrett Watten from the 2020 “20th Century Literature Conference” in Louisville

The following extraordinary document came to us yesterday. It is now making the rounds on the internet. Petition for the Removal of Barrett Watten…

Chicago Review, the Beats, and Big Table: 60 Years On [link]

"This year marks sixty years since the publication of the first issue of Big Table, the journal started by Irving Rosenthal, Paul Carroll, and other…