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…

Commedia, by I Goldfarb — New from Dispatches Editions

  "Goldfarb makes the reader into a poetry sensitive nymphette." —Andrei Codrescu "I admire in Goldfarb this copious density, this fecundity of…

Dispatch #33 – When personal is political

Dispatches is aware of the criticism circulating on social media regarding its posting of the Nathaniel Mackey/Barrett Watten Exchange. The primary…

Dispatches to Barret Watten, 24 May 2018

In the light of Barrett Watten's recent Blog post (25 May 2018) which attacks Nathaniel Mackey and Dispatches co-editor Kent Johnson with a barrage…

Dispatches welcome Linh Dinh

Dispatches is extremely pleased to announce that Linh Dinh, poet and photographer extraordinaire, has joined our Contributing Editors. We are…

The Barrett Watten / Nathaniel Mackey Encounter

  The first part of this extended Dispatches feature is an excerpt from a long exchange that took place on Barrett Watten’s Facebook page, May 8-11,…

A review of Francis Levy’s Tombstone — Not A Western, by Evan Harris (link)

"Mr. Levy’s project is an earnest and driven seeking. All those jokes are mined as fuel to keep the inquiry moving forward. Those who are there —…

Dispatches Welcomes Rasula and Poirier as Contributing Editors

Dispatches s pleased to announce that Jed Rasula and Julien Poirier have signed on to Dispatches as Contributing Editors. Jed Rasula is a poet and…