Dodges of Discourse

“Does the ear Solace itself in peevish birds?  Is it peace, Is it a philosopher’s honeymoon, one finds On the dump?”   On the way back from the…

Problems and propositions – On where we find the avant-garde

Joel Bettridge - intro to Avant-Garde Pieties.   Avant-Garde Pieties offers a sustained critique of the ideologies that fueled historical…

The Synergy of Straunge Wunder

SynergyOfStraungeWunder_SteveVenright rev

New Testament Air Drop

I plan to crowd source a big purchase of New Testaments.  Thousands of them - in compact print editions.  They’re to be night-dropped by glider into…

A Matter of Principle: On the Edges of Thought

Casey_Ed_ Foreword_Quasha_Poetry in Principle_Dispatches online text

Poetry, Myth, Belief: Thoughts on Reading Peter O’leary’s “Thick & Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in A Secular Age”

ONE: A first common-or-garden view: take Myth as belief not founded on what Science calls "empirical fact." Even if "empirical fact" retreats ad…

Energy Vampyres

I used to have loads of 'em as 'friends' on Fakebooc. I'd be scrollin' down gerrin more and more depressed reading how fab they claimed their…

Dispatches Senior Editor Ammiel Alcalay interviewed at The Poetry Project (link)

The Poetry Project Newsletter # 256, Q&A: Ammiel Alcalay

Max Jacob — master of the prose poem

Be sure to read Peter Boyle's translations of Max Jacob: A Max Jacob sampler from Dernieres Poèms Max Jacob introduction

When Censorship Is Crowdsourced, by Jonathan Kay (link)

https://quillette.com/2018/09/09/when-censorship-is-crowdsourced

Microreviews Vol. 7

Microreviews, Vol. 7   420 Characters Lou Beach Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  ($22.00)   Each prose piece is limited to 420 characters (including…

Hitler’s American Model, by Nathaniel Tarn

I am talking today about a small book by James Q. Whitman, Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale published by Princeton…

Whit Griffin to Dispatches, 7 July 2018

Dear Dispatches, A few weeks ago I was having dinner with Lewis and Sophia Warsh in Boulder. Lewis was in town to teach at Naropa. During dinner…

The Lockout, by Lewis Warsh

Lewis Warsh The Lockout

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,…

A Personal Response to a Purloined Audio and the Aura around It, by Murat Nemet-Nejat

I have just read the entirety of the exchanges between Barrett and other poets, particularly Nate, totally absorbed and bemused. Read in one go, a…

The Invisible Reality of the Muses, by Joe Safdie

[Best viewed when downloaded] Safdie complete 2 red    

Parade Exclusions Proudly, by Richard Kostelanetz

As dozens of literary magazines have published poems of mine for fifty years, they have been reprinted in The Young American Poetry (1968), Once…

Microreviews, Vol. 6, by Justice Poeticus

They Knew What They Wanted: Poems and Collages John Ashbery, ed. Mark Polizzotti Rizzoli Electa ($35.00)   Ashbery made poems and collages from…

The Octopus, by Tom Cheetham

Tom Cheetham - The Octopus