PoBiz Stock Index Update, 8 August 2018 – Nation Poetry Scandal Rocks Market

Shares dropped sharply on the North American Poetry Exchange (NAPX) yesterday, in the wake of the recent NaPo, Inc./Anderwee scandal. There were…

Investigative Poetry, by Edward Sanders

Investigative Poetry By Edward Sanders Introductory Essay for the New Edition by Don Byrd ISBN  978-1-947980-42-6      80 pages        $15.00…

USACBI Condemns Attack on Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour and Calls for Solidarity from Artists, Writers and Cultural Workers (link)

USACBI Condemns Attack on Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour and Calls for Solidarity from Artists, Writers and Cultural Workers (link)   Resist,…

David Herd on Charles Olson, Hannah Arendt, and the Declaration of Human Rights (link)

David Herd on Charles Olson, Hannah Arendt, and the Declaration of Human Rights

An open letter to John Harris from Dispatches, 30 July 2018

Dear John – There’s a lot we would like to respond to in your open letter to George Bowering, but we will limit ourself to one central point so as…

Dispatch #38 – Mythic ideologies, ideological myths, and the other kind: Poetry, poetics, and the questions of myth

Back in May Dispatches from the Poetry Wars posted a conversation between Nathaniel Mackey and Barrett Wattten, reprinted from a Facebook thread and…

Po Biz Stock Index Update, 15 July 2018 [Walt Whitman, Trigger Warnings, and CA Radcon]

PoBiz markets fell 500 points just after opening yesterday on news of a recent interview with popular poet CA “Comandante” Radcon. Radcon, in the…

Dispatch #37:  On Sexual Abuse in the Poetry Field and Consistency of Principle

Following our link at Dispatches to the personal testimony of the falsely accused and cursorily condemned novelist Steven Galloway, former Chair of…

Steven Galloway in his own words: I’m not a monster. I won’t let false allegations define me (link)

"I realize that anything I say will be used against me. I will be accused of victim-blaming and discouraging victims from coming forward. The hatred…

August Poetry Postcard Fest 2018 Official Call (link)

The August Poetry Postcard Fest was initiated in 2007 by poets Paul Nelson and Lana Ayers. 2018 marks the twelfth year of the fest and this is your…

Dancing Resistance (link)

By dancing illegally in the streets, Iranian women are protesting the arrest of Maedeh Hojabri and resisting uptight,  Patriarchal old men’s attempt…

Protest Batsheva at Dance Fest Israel 70 (link)

Protest Batsheva at Dance Fest Israel 70      

Welcome to the June 2018 Update of Dispatches from the Poetry Wars

On April 1, the start of National Poetry Month, which, as we pointed out at the time, also happens to be the national day for celebrating lies,…

Letter Wheels, by Nico Vassilakis

from "Toward Vispoetics"   Staring Staring at language Staring at sound Staring at water Staring at wood Staring at sequence Staring at light…

Bunk’s Bunk—Bill Freind Reviews Kevin Young’s Bunk

​Kevin Young’s Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News is certainly timely: we live in an era in which…

Dispatch #36 – The Shame of the Poetry Field

As many poets are by now aware, Timothy Donnelly, BK Fischer, and Stephania Heim, Poetry Editors of the Boston Review—long a prestigious venue for…

The Old Roman, by Roman Jakobson

There was a time when I was young And surely marked for History. In school I drank and had great fun, Exploring ancient prosody. My favs were…

New searchable data base at Maud/Olson library

 Dispatches has just gotten word from the Maud /Olson library that the “database” to the collection is now searchable online & is linked to the…

Dispatch #35 – Irregular poetical rules & agita

Dispatches has lately found itself under scrutiny for breaking some rules, and the back channel judgments have been harsh. The issue is publication…

Dispatch #35 – Irregular poetical rules & agita

--"That's not a regular rule: you invented it just now." "It's the oldest rule in the book," said the King. "Then it ought to be Number One," said…

A Guest Open Letter on Abuse and Complicit Silence in the Poetry Field

Why have the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, Omnidawn, PennSound, Wave Books, and Wesleyan…

A Guest Open Letter on Abuse and Complicit Silence in the Poetry Field

In the wake of learning of the decade-plus history of abuse carried out by a well-known American poet, as described in a feature at Dispatches from…

Dispatch #34 – Barry Goes Ballistic, or, How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot while Accusing Others of Racism

Recently, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars posted a long exchange between Barrett Watten and Nathaniel Mackey. The post included salvaged texts from a…