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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Emergency Dispatch – Dareen Tatour Update (link)

Israel Convicts A Palestinian Poet, NYC Writers Gather In Solidarity "ON THURSDAY Palestinian poet and photographer Dareen Tatour was convicted by an…

Pobiz Stock Index Update, 9 May 2018

Poetry Industry Gets Financial Boost; Market Turmoil Continues Frontier Poetry Logistics, Inc. has announced a $3000.00 Poetry Industry Prize in an…

New at Adjunct Press – Selected Poems of Xu Lizhi (link)

Selected Poems of Xu Lizhi (1990-2014). Translated by Friends of Nao, 2018 Xu Lizhi’s poems emerged amid the media coverage of workers at Chinese…

Tom Sleigh reviews Joshua Weiner’s Everything I Do I Do Good: TrumPoems

Read Joshua Weiner's virtual chapbook, Everything I Do I Do Good  Joshua Weiner's "TrumPoems" in Everything I Do I Do Good are amazing, and truly sui…

Michael Boughn on Garry Thomas Morse (link)

"Garry Thomas Morse is the poet Canada has been waiting for, even if it doesn’t know it yet. At last we can claim a writer of truly trans-national…

Paul Nelson on Sam Hamill (link)

"When I started getting more interested in poetry, early 90s (which does not seem like such a long time ago) I’d heard rumors about this curmudgeon…

Sam Hamill, 1943-2018

Dispatches will be honouring Sam Hamill over the next few weeks by publishing essays and poetry by the venerable founder of Copper Canyon Press and…

Dispatches Exclusive: Peter Lamborn Wilson (Hakim Bey) Reviews Abdulla Öcalan

It’s possible to look back on Civilization with a sigh of loss, despite the fact that Civilization IS its “discontents” (as Charles Fourier might…

Dispatches Exclusive: Peter Lamborn Wilson (Hakim Bey) Reviews Abdulla Öcalan

[a transcription follows the pdf]   A review of Abdulla Öcalan, Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization Vol. 1: Civilization in the Age of…

Everything Is Erotic: An Interview with Scooter Libby by John Bradley

Mr. Libby was incredibly kind to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss with me Erotica Atomica, my book of poems on our nuclear legacy.  Some…

Defend Poet Allan Monga against the Trumpist NEA

This extraordinary case has been all over the national and international news for close to a week now. All the major television outlets have…

A Brief Reply to an Apparently Open Query

A Brief Reply to an Apparently Open Query That Concludes an Essay on New Radical Poetry in the U.S. and UK, by Joe Luna (“Unanswerable Questions,” in…

Roberto Bolaño on Pablo Neruda, from an interview in 2000, proving himself quite a bit more principled about certain elemental things than many “liberal-left” U.S. poets

Q: Which authors would you number among your precursors? Borges? Cortázar? Nicanor Parra? Neruda? Kafka? In Tres you write: “I dreamt that Earth was…

A Follow-Up Note on Neruda (see our message from 4/5/18 on front page, above)

A reader wrote today to ask what evidence there was that Pablo Neruda supported the horrific Moscow Trials and Great Purge under Stalin. One strong,…