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A Personal Memory of Mr. John Ashbury, Including Commentary on a Few Well-Known Early Poems, Composed by B. Voigt, of Cle Elum, WA, Inspired by the Review at Dispatches of Mr. James Tate by Mr. Kent Johnson  

John Ashbury is a poet I’ve had a love and hate affair with, in this dream I’ve been having, for almost forty years. I mean, ever since I foolishly…

Clashing and Conflicting Voices: A Review of The Miseries of Poetry: Traductions from the Greek

The Miseries of Poetry: Traductions from the Greek translated by Alexandra Papaditsas and Kent Johnson Skanky Possum, 2003; 52 pages What to make of…

Emily Post-Avant: On the Poet-Laureate Kerfuffle in New Hampshire, 7/22/2019 ** [see update note at end]

  Dear Emily Post-Avant, I assume you have seen the news on this Poet Laureate of New Hampshire spat. If not, check this out: Who Gets to Be…

The New Colossus

  German translator, Günter Plessow, translated Emma Lazarus’ famous sonnet on the Statue of Liberty into German, and then, based on the…

In Octopus Bardo

james cook -- In Octopus Bardo

A Review of The Governor’s Lake: Lost Poems, by James Tate (from The Dream Reviews, a book of reviews in progress)

—for Dan Chiasson The other day I started to read James Tate’s posthumous The Governor’s Lake, subtitled The Lost Poems. I liked the book very much.…

Colombia’s verse rebels vindicated but defiant after 60 years [link]

[ “The editors forward this link to the readers of Dispatches as a piece of good news in poetryland, and in anticipation of a post-macho…

2 Poems

Johnny Payne - 2 Poems

4 Poems

  James Chapson -- 4 Poems

The Reluctant Assassin: Reviews and Reflections — The Barista

  Not long ago, I read a report, one of those meant to invoke alarm and despair, about the decline of the liberal arts in American…

Ms. Emily Post-Avant responds to Kristin Prevallet

  Dear Ms. Prevallet, I am writing this with a nine-tab wad of Nicorette in my mouth. It’s like a huge plug of chewing tobacco and tastes about…

Kristin Prevallet to Dispatches, 3 July 2019 [on Ms. Emily Post-Avant and poet therapists]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, I appreciated reading your response to the Poet from Missoula who queried about the efficacy of poetry advice columns,…

Keeping Score (for Tom Clark)

A tribute read at the memorial for Tom Clark at Bird & Beckett Books, 1 July 2019.   Keeping Score (For Tom)

Ms. Emily Post-Avant, 1 July 2019 [on the Garrulous Therapists of the Paris Review “Poetry RX” Mental Health Office]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, I’m sure you’ve seen the Paris Review “Poetry RX” column, where various poets take turns playing counselors for people…

David Baptiste Chirot to Dispatches, 27 June 2019 [re: Paul Vogel’s letter of 26 June]

Dear Paul y Poetas Estimados-- Goddman it!!!!--Sorry--but all of a sudden a huge chunk of this letter up and vanished!! And no idea of how to…

Paul Vogel to Dispatches, 26 June 2019 [re: Jim Liddy letter]

Dear Dispatches: I much appreciate  David Baptiste-Chirot's letter to Dispatches, but first want to say that I think Howard McCord meant "[I] miss…

Neruda y Emma, by Andrés Ajens, Tr. Kent Johnson

dispatches Nerudiemma, Kent.docx  

David Baptiste Chirot to Dispatches, 23 June 2019 [on James Liddy]

Dear Dispatches: The remark re James as "Miss Liddy" reminded me of an almost identical one made in the French press regarding a public appearance in…

On Milwaukee’s James Liddy

“Following up on Kent’s excellent account of the Chapson/Liddy scene in Milwaukee during the 1980s, I’ve been asked by the editors of Dispatches to…

The Interstices of Poetry Wars

The interstices of poetry wars