Look by Solmaz Sharif – A review by John Bradley

Look, Solmaz Sharif Graywolf Press, $16.00 “It matters what you call a thing,” warns Solmaz Sharif in the first line of the first poem, the title…

An excerpt from The Letters of Carla, the letter b. A Mystery in Poetry with a foreword by The Future Guardian of the Letters and an afterword by Benjamin Hollander, forthcoming from Chax Press

from The Letters of Carla, the letter b. A Mystery in Poetry with a foreword by The Future Guardian of the Letters and an afterword by Benjamin…

Dispatch #27: Scholarship, poetry, and the politics of vision

What is “scholarship”? You’d think it would be pretty straightforward – a text + a scholar = scholarship. And if we can judge by various criticisms…

Dispatch #26 – ideological baggage and the poetics of political being

It has come to the attention of Dispatches that some people feel bullied by what they see as our “ideological baggage.” If you feel threatened, we…

Book Dispatch – A Map of Signs and Scents New and Selected Poems, 1979–2014 Amjad Nasser / Translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah & Khaled Mattawa

 “The work of Amjad Nasser forms passages in and out of time, qualities of light and darkness, images that are never only images but sentences…

Giant Golden Statue to Language Poetry, American Friend of CCP, Erected in China

 Giant Golden Statue to Language Poetry, American Friend of CCP, Erected in China 

A Fait divers on some poetic contretemps

After seeing the review of thirty-something M. Fitzgerald’s poetry in the NYT that day, much-older M. Johnson wrote the same M. Fitzgerald, a…

Four photos from Pax Americana (4), by Linh Dinh

Kiev, Ukraine, 2016   Liepzig, Germany, 2016   Zgorzelec, Poland, 2016 Berlin Germany, 2016 These photographs come from Linh Dinh's…

Guest Dispatch #2 – On strife, by Sharon Thesen

More than it is necessary, or beautiful, strife is common. Strife takes up a tremendous amount of our time and energy; and it isn’t only “men” who…

Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry: A Short Review

Ben Lerner thinks poetry suffers from a hatred problem. A problem arising from a lack at the core of Poetry itself. Which is the inability of poetry…

Office Dispatch #1 – “What are you doing?”

   –  for Joanne As the official end of Poetry Month draws closer, so too does the first month anniversary of Dispatches from the Poetry Wars.…

In Memoriam: Tom Raworth, by Keith Tuma

There were a lot of memorials on Tom Raworth’s blog in his last months, news of the deaths of friends and acquaintances he’d known forever: Ken…

Judith Copithorne’s See lex ions (Issue 62 of Xerolage (2015), by Peter Quartermain

Not all of these strongly feminist works has a title – some do, along with a date, tucked away in tiny print. They aren’t quite arranged in…

Dispatch #11 — from Jerusalem, by William Blake

Eternity groan'd & was troubled, at the image of Eternal Death! Beneath the bottoms of the Graves. which is Earths central joint.There is a…