Dispatch #44 — A Note on Forrest Gander’s Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

  Forrest Gander has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for 2019, for his book Be With. He has been a contributor to Dispatches from…

Special AWP Dispatch — AWPed Out

Portland was wonderful, as usual, but the AWP was miserable. First the enjoyable part--Portland has good food. We found a small boulangerie downtown…

A Stab in the Dark The Milestone Poetry Collection of Border Region Literature by Facundo Bernal/Translated by Anthony Seidman [link]

Bernal has a keen eye and a smart mouth, and this combination provides many satisfactions. Without detracting from Bernal’s book, it’s fair to say…

Dispatches Editor Helps to Rebuild Puerto Rico

Dispatches Editor Kent Johnson is currently in Puerto Rico where, instead of handing our paper towels, he is helping to rebuild homes damaged by the…

La Dernière Mode (Poétique), Numéro 2

AND I’m back from Portland. Yes, this was the very first time your faithful correspondent has attended the AWP, that vast scrum of poets, fiction…

The Duncan/Olson Dichotomy — a review (link)

Adam Katz reviews An Open Map: The Correspondence of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles…

Tarot reading #4 — Will Trump be crushed under Mueller’s magnetic hoofbeat?

Will Trump be crushed under Mueller’s magnetic hoofbeat? Here we move from intimate, personal questions into the realm of the collective. The poem…

abhorrences 3-23-19

Ammiel Alcalay - abhorrence 3-23-29

Dispatches highly recommends The Age of Disenchantments [link]

This is how Aaron Shulman's recently published non-fiction historical narrative, The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most…

Dispatches Contributing Editor Runa Bandyopadhyay Interviews Charles Bernstein (lnk)

"Understanding is to stand under whereas I want to be inside. Clarity, coherence, and expression are often shibboleths that stand in the way of the…

Emily Post-Avant, re: the Miseries of Poetry and the Impossible Desert Bookstore of the Atacama Desert, 3/3/2019

Dear Emily, In a recent trip to Northern Chile, subsequent to an archaeologists’ conference at the University of Santiago, I came across a small…

The Dialogics of Will Alexander & Heller Levinson, Part 2 (link)

"A major reason why I rail against banal first person narrative poetry, which is so rampant these days, is that it is not what is called for.…

César Vallejo — Black Stone above a White Stone, Boyd Nielson, tr.

Boyd Nielson, tr - Black Stone above a White Stone

8 Poems from Document Shredding Museum by Afrizal Malna, Daniel Owen, tr.

Since the early 1980's, Afrizal Malna has been an active and well-respected poet, theater-maker, performance artist, and critic, writing in…

Po-Biz Stock Report, 7 March 2019 —Yale Series of Long-in-the-Tooth Younger Poets Prize Reassures Shaky Markets

Poetry markets surged yesterday on hard-driving gains for the new dating company with the cute name — Middle Ages Single Poets, Inc. —  on news that…

Passwords: Gerrit Lansing with Ruth Lepson, Kate Tarlow Morgan, Robert Podgurski & Charles Stein (link)

“A man of wider and deeper knowledge than almost anyone I have known,” says Pierre Joris of Gerrit Lansing, poet, occult scholar, and confidant to…

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…

Emily Post-Avant on Joshua Clover’s Call for Killing Cops and the Crazy Case of Being a Commie Narc, March 3, 2019

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, I am a student at UC-Davis, where three semesters past I took an English class with Professor and poet Joshua Clover.…

hearing other

Hearing Other* is a collaboration between Susan Quasha and me, and to say how it differs from many previous joint efforts I’m calling it a…

Tom Cheetham to Dispatches, 4 March 2019 [Help!]

dear fric & frac et al. somewhat against my will i've been convinced to teach a 2nd online class on Henry Corbin - and to include material on the…

White Stone on a Black Stone — tr. Peter Boyle

Dear Kent, I just thought I should send you (just for comparison's sake) a copy of the book of my Vallejo translations. They were done at the request…

Jennifer Bartlett joins Dispatches’ Contributing Editors

Dispatches is pleased to announce that Jennifer Bartlett has joined its distinguished and totally awesome list of Contributing. Editors. Welcome…