A painting in the Prado (Becoming inside Velazquez)

Peter Boyle - Painting in the Prado November version Read Peter Boyle's latest book, Enfolded in the Wings of a Great Darkness

The Radical Feminism of Runa Bandyopadhyay’s English Syntax

"The elusive, 'distant' signals traced in Nocturnal Whistle echo the fading and partly erased centuries-old Buddhist images of wall-paintings and…

Call to Boycott Turkish Government Sponsored Academic and Cultural Institutions

  We call on academics, artists and intellectuals around the world to oppose the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria by boycotting Turkish…

The Writing of Carolee Schneemann

"Carolee Schneemann has been putting her body on the line for over thirty years in art. The line is that “threshold of consciousness” where, as…

On Valencia Street: Poems & Ephemera By Jack Micheline, reviewed by Patrick James Dunagan

  "Micheline died as committed as ever to living his art day-by-day, hour-by-hour, no holds barred. As with his poems and visual art, little…

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,…

Poem

Poem

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)