Interview with Dispatches Co-Editor, Michael Boughn by Rob McLennan at Touch the Donkey (link)

"Think of the poem as a step transformer in a cosmos that radiates energy at an infinite number of vibratory intensities. The poem receives…

Dispatch #31 – Timbrels & Truth

This is a response to a letter to Dispatches from Bill Freind criticizing “Dispatch #29 – on truth and the new totalitarianism” available here: Bill…

Dispatch #30 – A Thorn in the I (part 1)

A recent thread on Facebook (which shall remain anonymous) began with this question: “ . . .what writers articles started the whole thing of…

Dispatch #29 – The New Totalitarianism

Dispatches dares to note the obvious: we live in strange times, friends. The strangeness is everywhere and seems to be spreading with viral…

Dispatch #28 – To Whom Does Poetry Belong

    –  for Ben Hollander, in Eternity The question of who owns poetry is in the air these days, like the fragrance of manure on your…

Preface to John Clarke’s Tramping the Bulrushes, by Michael Boughn

John (Jack) Clarke and Charles Olson first met in the spring of 1964 at Albert Cook’s house in Buffalo, New York. The previous year Cook had…

A Review of Bruce Holsapple’s The Birth of the Imagination: William Carlos Williams on Form, by Michael Boughn (link)

http://www.raintaxi.com/the-birth-of-the-imagination-william-carlos-williams-on-form/ Read "Williams, Zukofsky, and the Verse LIne," a chapter from…

Olson, Empire, and the thinking of America, by Michael Boughn

Olson, Empire, and the thinking of America times

Pobiz Stock Index Update, 27 February 2016 – Beanstock awarded big statue for service to Humanism

Charles Beanstock has received a Big Prize and a Statue for services rendered to Recalibrated Humanism.  It was announced today that Charles…

Dispatch #15 – Anger and mockery in the Age of Collins

It has come to the attention of Dispatches that “anger and mockery” have been declared Thoroughly Inappropriate in the Land of Really Happy Bards.…

Poetics’ bodies – Charles Olson and some poetry wars, 1913-1990, by Michael Boughn

Poetics’ bodies – some poetry wars, 1913-1990 When Donald Allen’s anthology, The New American Poetry, 1945-1960, hit the book stores in 1960, it…

Michael Boughn on various apocalypses

"That’s all fine and well and very intellectual, but there’s another dimension, too, much less cool and brainy: guns. Guns have surpassed people as…

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…

Magazine of Further Studies, Introduction

Before Charles Olson left Buffalo in the fall of 1965, he had proposed founding an Institute along the lines of the Princeton Institute of Advanced…

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,…

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…

Dispatch #27: Scholarship, poetry, and the politics of vision

What is “scholarship”? You’d think it would be pretty straightforward – a text + a scholar = scholarship. And if we can judge by various criticisms…

Dispatch #26 – ideological baggage and the poetics of political being

It has come to the attention of Dispatches that some people feel bullied by what they see as our “ideological baggage.” If you feel threatened, we…

Office Dispatch #2 – Empires and the End of Dispatches

For those who haven’t noticed, Dispatches would like to make it clear that we are deeply, you could even say obsessively, opposed to Empire. It…