John Rigney to Dispatches [re: Moxley, Poetry, & Professors], 5 May 2018

Dear Dispatches: In her defense of the poet in the university, Jennifer Moxley inadvertently gives evidence against her own cause. Her use of…

Michael Boughn on Garry Thomas Morse (link)

"Garry Thomas Morse is the poet Canada has been waiting for, even if it doesn’t know it yet. At last we can claim a writer of truly trans-national…

Emily Post-Avant [Re: Jennifer Moxley, etc.], 30 April 2018

Dear Emily Post-Avant, I was wondering if you’d seen the Harriet post by Jennifer Moxley, published on April 23rd, I believe it was. The piece…

Paul Nelson on Sam Hamill (link)

"When I started getting more interested in poetry, early 90s (which does not seem like such a long time ago) I’d heard rumors about this curmudgeon…

Noticings from the Field: A New Feature at DPW

With the two features linked here, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars is pleased to announce that both Keith Tuma (writing from Oxford, Ohio) and Dodman…

Sam Hamill, 1943-2018

Dispatches will be honouring Sam Hamill over the next few weeks by publishing essays and poetry by the venerable founder of Copper Canyon Press and…

Criticism or . . . Problematizing?, by DR

Problematizing is rapidly replacing criticism, and even reviewing, as the preferred mode of responding to literary texts, not to mention to visual…

Dispatches Exclusive: Peter Lamborn Wilson (Hakim Bey) Reviews Abdulla Öcalan

[a transcription follows the pdf]   A review of Abdulla Öcalan, Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization Vol. 1: Civilization in the Age of…

PoBiz Stock Index Update, 21 April 2018

Trumpist NEA to the Poetry CommunityTM: Immigrants Keep Out of American Poetry   As controversy raged over Robert Mueller’s continuing…

Everything Is Erotic: An Interview with Scooter Libby by John Bradley

Mr. Libby was incredibly kind to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss with me Erotica Atomica, my book of poems on our nuclear legacy.  Some…

Ted Lardner to Dispatches, 2 April 2018

Dear Dispatches -   Thanks for the word “irreparable” in your missive.  It made my day.   Sorry about the teeth, the grill, and the lost first…

Defend Poet Allan Monga against the Trumpist NEA

This extraordinary case has been all over the national and international news for close to a week now. All the major television outlets have…

A Brief Reply to an Apparently Open Query

A Brief Reply to an Apparently Open Query That Concludes an Essay on New Radical Poetry in the U.S. and UK, by Joe Luna (“Unanswerable Questions,” in…

Emily Post-Avant – 12 April 2018

Dear Emily Post-Avant, I just saw the photograph of the Paris Review Spring Revel and your commentary about it. I like Dispatches from the Poetry…

A Spring Revel

Dear Readers of DPW: Take a close look at the above photograph, taken a couple days back, at the Paris Review's "2018 Spring Revel." It is…

Uncle Pablo: Fav Stalinist Poet of U.S. Liberal Fellow-Travelers

(please see our post below, "More Porn from the Neruda Industry")

Roberto Bolaño on Pablo Neruda, from an interview in 2000, proving himself quite a bit more principled about certain elemental things than many “liberal-left” U.S. poets

Q: Which authors would you number among your precursors? Borges? Cortázar? Nicanor Parra? Neruda? Kafka? In Tres you write: “I dreamt that Earth was…

A Follow-Up Note on Neruda (see our message from 4/5/18 on front page, above)

A reader wrote today to ask what evidence there was that Pablo Neruda supported the horrific Moscow Trials and Great Purge under Stalin. One strong,…

Patrick James Dunagan Reviews Joanne Kyger and John Clarke (link)

Patrick James Dunagan reviews Joanne Kyger's There You Are: Interviews Journals & Ephemera (Wave Books) and John Clarke'sTramping the Bulrushes…

More Porn from the Pablo Neruda Industry

A poet who has contributed to Dispatches will be present at the below event, on April 28th, at the Brower Center, in Berkeley. He wrote us and asked…

A setting of Frank O’Hara’s “A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island,” the final movement of the song cycle “Algebra of Night” by Eugene O’Brien.

https://soundcloud.com/lgebraofightroject/a-true-account-of-talking-to-the-sun-at-fire-island-frank-ohara/s-Zh1vP A setting of Frank O'Hara's "A True…

OBU Manifesto [wants a free day], by Susan Schultz

Susan Schultz#4OBU wants a free day