Pranab K Chakraborty to Dispatches, 26 July 2017

Dear Dispatches: No window there open to make any comment, so I put my gratitude here to Runa Bandyopadhyay who has tried to expose her poetic…

Liu Xiaobo has died

The writer, critic, poet, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo died on July 13, 2017, after six and a half years in a Chinese prison. His crime…

Twin Towers, by Basil King

Basil King - Twin Towers-for-Dispatches

from The Contractor’s Song, by Tom Pickard

Twts_Untitled-1 from Michael Boughn on Vimeo.

ONakib, a Twitter Event, by Omar Al-Nakib

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For Chris’ Memorial, a funeral oration, by J.P. Harpignies

    JP Harpignies - For Chris' Memorial rev

Illusion/Delusion, by Ben Perrone

Illusion/Delusion (2009) by Ben Perrone Black paper bags and monofilament. 312 x 252 x 252 in. (792.48 x 640.08 x 640.08 cm). Illusion/Delusion is…

Selections from Two Bodies of Work, and How to Draw a Landscape, by Paul Collins

Paul Collins - Selections from two bodies of work and How to make a Lanscape

Resist Much/Obey Little in the Village Voice

"That’s an awfully attractive message, which helps explain why one of his most famous lines, from his 'Songs of Insurrection' is now the title of a…

‘Your Lifelong Prisoner’ – Liu Xiaobo’s poem from prison

To Xia My dear, I'll never give up the struggle for freedom from the oppressors' jail, but I'll be your willing prisoner for life. I'm your lifelong…

Important cultural appropriation update

This is an important essay by Brian Fawcett, sytematically engaging the question of "cultural appropriation" with penetrating vision and articulate…

Juan Goytisolo writer dies at 86 in Marrakech, by Ammiel Alcalay

From Ammiel Alcalay:   With sadness the news came that a true giant of witness, testimony, form, and conscience, Juan Goytisolo, passed away in…

Chicago Review Infrarealism Issue

  Inside Web Preview:  Out June 2017 Rubén Medina, Infrarealism: A Latin American Neo-Avant-Garde, or The Lost Boys of Guy Debord John…

Alec Marsh reviews Ken Warren’s Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch

"Warren is an iconoclastic, slashing writer-the piratical, pugnacious, bunny rabbit on the cover of this exciting book swings a mean cutlass. It…

Stan Persky on Larry Fagin (1937-2017)

"A little over a decade ago, I was in New York and met with Larry one spring morning. Shortly after, I wrote an account of being in New York in a…

To Ben, by Murat Nemet-Nejat

To Ben (Address given by Murat Nemet-Nejat at the Memorial Event for Benjamin Hollander at the Poetry Center, San Francisco, on February 5, 2017)…

Poetry Wars Revived, by Paul Nelson

"Most of the LANGPO vs. Black Mountain poetry war was fought before I was invested in poetry, so I have done my best to catch up, but a recrudescence…

Niedecker ‘treasure trove’ returned to Fort museum

The poet and critic Steel Wagstaff, at the University of Wisconsin/Madison and Board member of Friends of Lorine Niedecker, has sent us the following…

Michael Heller celebrated

The poet Jon Curley (co-editor with Burt Kimmelman ofThe Poetry and Poetics of Michael Heller: A Nomad Memory), at Poets House in NYC, on May 13,…

OBU Manifestos 19, 20, & 21

OBU Manifesto 19    The movement is the sum of all movements (though it doesn’t yet exist). The movement is the empty space between the…

Dispatches contributor Annie Finch on Literary Sexual Abuse

"About six months ago, I learned that several of the people who had posted comments in response to my first and second posts on Literary Sexual…

The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones

I swallowed an iron moon they called it a screw   I swallowed industrial wastewater and unemployment forms bent over machines, our youth died…