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Two Essays on the Military-Literary Complex

The Military-Literary Complex [Originally Published in jadaliyya (June 13, 2014)] Poetry cannot serve as an emotional bandage for the blood and guts…

Provincialism and the Gentrification of Anglo-American Poetry, Part II [link]

Duchamp abolished art, Apollinaire abolished punctuation, Joyce abolished the novel, Stein abolished narrative time, Artaud abolished literature, and…

Urgent! Demand that the Poetry Foundation Step Up in the Covid-19 Crisis and Immediately Put Its Capital where Its Poetic Mouth Is

The esteemed poet and translator Jennifer Scappettone has just put out the following urgent petition on her Twitter feed. Dispatches from the Poetry…

Letter by Murat Nemet-Nejat to Dispatches, with Some Translations of Ilhan Berk and a Brief Essay

A month or so ago, I exchanged some thoughts with Murat Nemet-Nejat about the “neo-baroque,” a term Nemet-Nejat uses in relation to contemporary…

Review of Rosemary Manno’s Marseille

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Microreviews, Vol. 16

  Vertigo & Ghost Fiona Benson Random House UK ($12.66) The law firm of Vertigo & Ghost will defend any client, no matter how…

Two Letters: One to Mark Nowak and another in reply to Chris Fischbach, Publisher of Coffee House Press, regarding a troubling matter in Nowak’s recent book, Social Poetics

  [Versions of the following two letters were emailed by Kent Johnson to Mark Nowak and Chris Fischbach, respectively, on March 25th. The one…

At a Chinese Restaurant, in LA

A bland room with peeling beige wallpaper and mind- numbing paintings which were apathetically arranged on the walls. The restaurant's demeanor…

Working Notes on Ballad Practice 1

[See also Ballad Practice — 3 Ballads, by Richard Owens] THE MAST The species of an eye with the neck of an owl—a circumspect specimen that carefully…

Projective Verse, Space-time, and Attention

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Edward Dorn, Satire, and the Via Negativa

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A Black Mountain School of Poetry?

BLACK MOUNTAIN POEMS: AN ANTHOLOGY edited by Jonathan C. Creasy New Directions 2019 Jonathan C. Creasy’s Black Mountain Poems: An Anthology is…