Emily Post-Avant, 4 July 2018

Dear Emily Post-Avant, In a new interview at Jacket2, the poet Marie Buck quotes the ending of one of her favorite poems, “For My Future Children,”…

The Debate That Died, by Kent Johnson (link)

"Here, as partial explanation, is a conceit with which I think Amiri Baraka might be in general agreement: Language and its Post-Language residues…

Welcome to the June 2018 Update of Dispatches from the Poetry Wars

On April 1, the start of National Poetry Month, which, as we pointed out at the time, also happens to be the national day for celebrating lies,…

Ava Koohbor

I used to write my poems only in Farsi. After a couple years living in San Francisco I started to write poems in English, and translating those…

Dark as a Dungeon, by David Baptiste Chirot

often it has hit me over the years when various French philosophers write abt how great the various states of madness addiction etc are they are…

OBU Manifesto # 50: A, B, & C

OBU Manifesto # 50: A, B, & C A. It happens. It will happen. It’s happened. There will be conflicts and acrimony between people with different…

Peripatetic Missives #1, by La Flâneuse.

I always leave Paris w/ a certain pang of sadness, for complicated reasons. I seem to have the Ovidian dynamic of exile ass-backwards… ç’est la vie.…

Archaic Assumptions, by André Spears

And now again for something completely different: not to belabor the point but the discovery, from about 10 years ago, that Lascaux's Rotunda was…

Letter Wheels, by Nico Vassilakis

from "Toward Vispoetics"   Staring Staring at language Staring at sound Staring at water Staring at wood Staring at sequence Staring at light…

The Objects of My Affection, by George Bowering

[George Bowering's latest novel, No One, has run afoul of the New Puritanism. A sequel to his erotically obsessive bildungsroman, Pinboy, it picks up…

D.R. June 7, 2018 — on the Puritan Remnant

This writer is unsurprised that the Boston Review has retained the editorial services of Junot Diaz.  After all, Diaz has made much of being on the…

Bunk’s Bunk — Bill Freind Reviews Kevin Young’s Bunk

Kevin Young,  Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2017. ​Kevin Young’s…

Birds of Singapore Days/Days of Persons not Myself, by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

3  Yellow-vented Bulbul Day. (Photo by Lenz Lim) Collage RBD, February 2018 6  Oriental Pied Hornbill Day. (Photo by Lau Hui Xing) Collage RBD,…

Dispatch #36 – The Shame of the Poetry Field

As many poets are by now aware, Timothy Donnelly, BK Fischer, and Stephania Heim, Poetry Editors of the Boston Review—long a prestigious venue for…

New searchable data base at Maud/Olson library

 Dispatches has just gotten word from the Maud /Olson library that the “database” to the collection is now searchable online & is linked to the…

Dispatch #35 – Irregular poetical rules & agita

Dispatches has lately found itself under scrutiny for breaking some rules, and the back channel judgments have been harsh. The issue is publication…

Dispatch #35 – Irregular poetical rules & agita

--"That's not a regular rule: you invented it just now." "It's the oldest rule in the book," said the King. "Then it ought to be Number One," said…

A Guest Open Letter on Abuse and Complicit Silence in the Poetry Field

In the wake of learning of the decade-plus history of abuse carried out by a well-known American poet, as described in a feature at Dispatches from…

Dispatch #34 – Barry Goes Ballistic, or, How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot while Accusing Others of Racism

Recently, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars posted a long exchange between Barrett Watten and Nathaniel Mackey. The post included salvaged texts from a…

Commedia, by I Goldfarb — New from Dispatches Editions

  "Goldfarb makes the reader into a poetry sensitive nymphette." —Andrei Codrescu "I admire in Goldfarb this copious density, this fecundity of…

Dispatch #33 – When personal is political

Dispatches is aware of the criticism circulating on social media regarding its posting of the Nathaniel Mackey/Barrett Watten Exchange. The primary…

Dispatches to Barret Watten, 24 May 2018

In the light of Barrett Watten's recent Blog post (25 May 2018) which attacks Nathaniel Mackey and Dispatches co-editor Kent Johnson with a barrage…