A Brief Exchange on the Poetics of Politics, between Charles Alexander and Kent Johnson

http://dispatchespoetry.com/articles/letters/2017/05/1274

Ghostly Nostalgia, Kitsch, and Post-History, by Bill Freind

In “Free Speech for Poets Dispatch #1: Ann Coulter!,” an unnamed Dispatches editor (who I assume is Kent Johnson) decries the “proto-Stalinism” of…

Dispatches contributor Annie Finch on Literary Sexual Abuse

"About six months ago, I learned that several of the people who had posted comments in response to my first and second posts on Literary Sexual…

Love and State, by Murat Nemet-Nejat

"The genius of fascism is that it is based on love. The leviathan of state turns into a performer of gentle punishment, loving duress. In fascism,…

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…

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…

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…

The End Time of the Human Operating System (HumOS), by Don Byrd

http://www.4chan.org And you live in a place where there are forums on topics ranging from science and math, guns, and finance to various specialized…

The Community of The Curriculum of the Soul, by Joanne Kyger

Kyger - The Community of THE CURRICULUM OF THE SOUL

Color at the Mercy of Light, by Benjamin Hollander

One of Ben Hollander's last pieces, on whiteness and color:

Why Don’t More Women Contribute to Websites Like Dispatches?, by Meredith Quartermain

Twice in the last couple of weeks I’ve been asked by male editors to help them get more women contributing to their projects. Eighty percent of…

A View from Iceland: an Interview with Eríkur Õrn Norðdahl, by Linh Dinh

A View from Iceland-An Interview with Eirikur Orn Norddahl--Linh Dinh (1)

What We Stand On: 3 Progressive Platform Planks (as of Sept. 18, 2016), by Andrew DuBois

What We Stand On: 3 Progressive Platform Planks (as of Sept. 18, 2016) 1. Abortion Must Stay Legal This is non-negotiable. “Women have a right to…

Charles Olson and Finding One’s Place, by Joe Safdie – A lecture given at the Gloucester Writers’ Center June 1, 2016

“I’m a cosmopolitan,” said my friend Jerry Rothenberg, when I told him the title of this lecture; “I’m not sure I want to find my place.” I remember…

Charles, Frances, Ralph, and me, by Sharon Thesen

The recent fracas that followed an audience “question” about how Black Mountain College could call itself progressive when it was patriarchal,…

Truth is that which flees, poetry is never where you look for it, by Eric Gelsinger

Against my own intentions, I wrote you all something. Depending on your reading habits, it may prove long for an email in spite of its fundamentally…

Maud / Olson & Me, by André Spears

In anticipation of the “official launch” of the Maud / Olson Library in Gloucester in the late spring of 2016, I’ve been asked by friends in and…