Color at the Mercy of Light, by Benjamin Hollander

One of Ben Hollander's last pieces, on whiteness and color:

Benjamin Hollander, 1952–2016

 Dispatches from the Poetry Wars mourns the loss of editorial board member, Benjamin Hollander. Ben was not just a supporter, he was a good…

Robert Gibbons, Animated Landscape, a review by Peter Anastas

      Robert Gibbons, Animated Landscape, BlazeVox, 2016, 146 pp, $16. Speaking recently at the Gloucester Writers Center, poet and…

The Day After, by Andrew Levy

We are limited beings. We do not understand our own hearts. I do not comprehend the depth or the shallowness of my own heart. My heart feels…

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…

Office Dispatch #2 – Empires and the End of Dispatches

For those who haven’t noticed, Dispatches would like to make it clear that we are deeply, you could even say obsessively, opposed to Empire. It…

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.…