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…

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…

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…

Ducasse/Maldoror/Lautréamont – Mayo del 68 – Erotismo Sexualidad, from Uruguay, via Silvia Guerra

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Dispatches welcome Linh Dinh

Dispatches is extremely pleased to announce that Linh Dinh, poet and photographer extraordinaire, has joined our Contributing Editors. We are…

The Barrett Watten / Nathaniel Mackey Encounter

  The first part of this extended Dispatches feature is an excerpt from a long exchange that took place on Barrett Watten’s Facebook page, May 8-11,…

A review of Francis Levy’s Tombstone — Not A Western, by Evan Harris (link)

"Mr. Levy’s project is an earnest and driven seeking. All those jokes are mined as fuel to keep the inquiry moving forward. Those who are there —…

Tokyo Dreaming, by Linh Dinh (link)

"We landed in darkness. The last time I was in Narita was 18 years earlier. With a six-hour layover, I inexplicably didn’t leave the airport. “Can I…

Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Beat Poet and Author, Dies at 87 (link)

“When Bob and I were first together, he had three things he would say,” Ms Hawkins said. “One of them was ‘I’ll never live in a house with a woman…

Emergency Dispatch on Zionist Violence, by Ammiel Alcalay

This statement was sent to me by Khaled Furani, professor of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, a dear friend of mine and of the late Benjamin…

Finally . . . what took you so long, PoFo?

Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, which was the first and only poetry venue to come to the insistent defense of the martyr Liu Xiaobo, and of his…

Dispatches welcomes Byrd, DuPlessis, and Kalamaras to its editorial crew

Dispatches is extremely pleased to announce that Don Byrd, Rachel DuPlessis, and George Kalamaras have signed on as Dispatches Contributing Editors.…

When Smoke Broke Up with Mirrors, by Julien Poirier

Call it the onset of some kind of craziness, but I actually feel personally responsible for the Israeli military’s murder of Palestinian protesters…

Dispatches Welcomes Five New Contributing Editors

We announced a few days ago that poetry legends Anne Waldman and Nathaniel Tarn have joined as Contributing Editors to Dispatches from the Poetry…

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