White Pine, a Short Sonnet Sequence, or Hitchhiking on the Road to Xanadu

The warrant of the pilgrimage lies in The heart of chaos’s incongruous jumble A thick farrago, a veritable din Out of which miraculously tumble…

Visual poems

Sonnet on 17-IV-19 g Sonnet ps1 alt1 Sonnet on 25-II-19 a…

Moscow Mitch Poetry Contest Interview

"The Media, big M, the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, of course FOX News, will never expose McConnell’s crimes. They…

Having a Drink with Matthew Zapruder

H A V I N G A D R I N K W I T H M A T T H E W Z A P R U D E R

A Note on the Kevin Killian Memorial

On Sunday August 25th a memorial for Kevin Killian (December 24, 1952 – June 15, 2019) was held in the Phyllis Wattis Theatre at SFMOMA. Well prior…

Emily Post-Avant, on the New Waffle House Poet Laureate and Things to Come

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, I was just wondering what you thought about the Waffle House chain appointing its own Poet Laureate.…

2 Poems

James Berger -- 2 Poems

John Phillips to Dispatches, 28 August 2019

Dear Dispatches--- It has been a while and I won't write a proper letter now. I've been meaning to, but have failed miserably for too long. Things…

Emily Post-Avant on Kent Johnson’s Best American Poetry poem at the Best American Poetry, 9/4/2017

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, So, Kent Johnson is now whining about never getting a poem into the New American Poetry, or worse, getting a poem of…

5 Poems

Brian Richards - 5 Poems

5 Poems from Horse’s Mouth: Letters without Bodies

Letter #9 It was definitely an option to pay for a few good poets and playwrights—and they were really up tight. Schedule a meeting at my house? And…

An Adda with Poetry, Song and Discussion

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Freshly Animate Investigative Poetry: Asiya Wadud’s Syncope

"In his infamous 1976 poetic manifesto Ed Sanders proclaims: “Poetry, to go forward, in my view, has to begin a voyage into the description of…

Could Someone Tell Me Why?

Yeah, so some of the people who were my former friends are now dead. I feel bad about that, but then I think to myself, Hey, life is short and at…

Inciting Poetics — New from Dispatches authors Jeanne Heuving and Tyrone Williams

  "The essays in Inciting Poetics provide provocative answers to the book’s opening question, “What are poetics now?” Authored by some of the…

sound on the spot

"In Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky pointed out that the senses are reciprocal, supporting one another synesthetically. In practice, the…

Johnny Payne to Dispatches, 22 August 2019 [re: Hicok & Yu and the situation of poetry]

Dear Dispatches: Your response to Bill Freind and the larger situation is exhaustive.  You make valid observations.  This war has been going on since…

A Reply to Bill Freind, on the Bob Hicok/Tim Yu Matter, by Dispatches

Dear Bill, We never thought it would require saying, but Emily Post-Avant (who’s given us permission to respond on her behalf) writes a poetry…

“The Place & the Thing & the Act, of the Action,” by Charles Olson; Introduction by John Faulise

"The care of the substance, the physical object, to have it right. The physiology, the "sense" of organs. It is hard to apply an objective stance…

William Freind to Emily Post-Avant 19 August 2019 [re Hicok and Yu]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, In your most recent post on the Bob Hicok-Timothy Yu exchange, you write: Seriously, these two guys are, in fact, peas in a…

A Dream Review of Patricia Lockwood’s Miette, by Monsieur Furry Paws

Miette means “little crumb.” She really likes snacks, so it turned out to be a prophetic name. She wants little, tiny snacky crumbs and things,…

Robin Blaser Biography and Photographs

Announcing the publication of A Literary Biography of Robin Blaser: Mechanic of Splendor The Blaser biography is available for pre-order from…

Emily Post-Avant, on What One of Her Dispatches Editors Said, 8/14/2019

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, Did you see what Kent Johnson, one of the Editors of Dispatches, said about Asian-American poets? May I suggest you…