5 Poems

Norman Fischer - 5 Poems

Poetics of the More-than-Human World — A Call for Work

Poetics of the More-than-Human World A call for poems, hybrid work, and brief manifestos on ecopoetics, for a special issue of Dispatches to be…

Steve Dalachinsky (1946-2019)

  News of Steve Dalachinsky’s sudden death last week following a stroke came as a real shock. I had bumped into Steve & his extraordinary…

4 Poems

4 Poems 4 Poems

Dispatches Hiatus

Dispatches will be dark until September 24. Please feel free to come in, take a beer out of the fridge, put your feet up on the coffee table, and…

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 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…

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…

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 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, 12 August 2019 [On the Bob Hicok vs. Timothy Yu Thing]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, So you obviously have to say something about the Bob Hicok vs. Timothy Yu thing! Hicok:…

The Offering

Andre Spears -- The Offering

The Hybrid Female No – Sexual Sadism in David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

The key to sexual sadism is the sadist’s belief that his victim needs the rape, grope, incest, assault, slut-shaming, domination, objectivization,…

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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…

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…

16 poems

Sixteen Poems by James Liddy

A Message to Our Readers and Contributors

Dear Friends, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars is declaring a moratorium, as of this message, on all submissions until further notice. Please do not…

Microfictions from a Chronicle of the Octopodes

MICROFICTIONS FROM A CHRONICLE OF THE OCTOPODES