Omar Al-Nakib to Dispatches

Hey Dispatches, Sorry for taking so long to respond—the past two weeks have been the funerals of distant great aunts and the weddings of first…

John Phillips to Dispatches—Letter from Slovenia

ROADS... 3rd December 2019 Dear Dispatches, I've been slack in replying to your last three messages. Been trying to catch up with myself since…

Burt Kimmelman to Dispatches, 20 December 2019 [on the Watten Exorcism]

I suppose, according to the logic being assailed in the latest Dispatches “editorial,” the Louisville conference ought to ban any papers on Ezra…

Joe Safdie to Dispatches 12 November 2019 [on Steve Abbot and Ed Dorn]

Dear Dispatches: I write to include a small addendum to Patrick Dunagan’s fine review of Beautiful Aliens, the Steve Abbott reader. Not that it…

David Levi Strauss to Dispatches, 13 October 2019 [on the developing situation in Rojava]

Dear Dispatches, The most important thing now is to put pressure on governments to 1) impose economic sanctions on Turkey and stop military aid, 2)…

David Levi Strauss to Dispatches, 8 October 2019 [on the situation with the Kurds & Rojava]

Dear Dispatches: Trump made the decision to abandon the Kurds and Rojava on the fly, in a conversation with his bro Erdogan last night (Sunday…

John Phillips to Dispatches, 28 August 2019

Dear Dispatches--- It has been a while and I won't write a proper letter now. I've been meaning to, but have failed miserably for too long. Things…

Reluctant Assassin to Dispatches, 1 September 2019 [on Best American Poetry]

Dear Dispatches— This proverb spouting, twangy-phrase dropping master of sly lamentation has got me madder'n a naked beekeeper's daughter at 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 Reply to Bill Freind, on the Bob Hicok/Tim Yu Matter, by Dispatches

Dear Bill, We never thought it would require saying, but Emily Post-Avant (who’s given us permission to respond on her behalf) writes a poetry…

William Freind to Emily Post-Avant 19 August 2019 [re Hicok and Yu]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, In your most recent post on the Bob Hicok-Timothy Yu exchange, you write: Seriously, these two guys are, in fact, peas in a…

Ms. Emily Post-Avant responds to Kristin Prevallet

  Dear Ms. Prevallet, I am writing this with a nine-tab wad of Nicorette in my mouth. It’s like a huge plug of chewing tobacco and tastes about…

Kristin Prevallet to Dispatches, 3 July 2019 [on Ms. Emily Post-Avant and poet therapists]

Dear Emily Post-Avant, I appreciated reading your response to the Poet from Missoula who queried about the efficacy of poetry advice columns,…

David Baptiste Chirot to Dispatches, 27 June 2019 [re: Paul Vogel’s letter of 26 June]

Dear Paul y Poetas Estimados-- Goddman it!!!!--Sorry--but all of a sudden a huge chunk of this letter up and vanished!! And no idea of how to…

Paul Vogel to Dispatches, 26 June 2019 [re: Jim Liddy letter]

Dear Dispatches: I much appreciate  David Baptiste-Chirot's letter to Dispatches, but first want to say that I think Howard McCord meant "[I] miss…

David Baptiste Chirot to Dispatches, 23 June 2019 [on James Liddy]

Dear Dispatches: The remark re James as "Miss Liddy" reminded me of an almost identical one made in the French press regarding a public appearance in…

Michael Boughn to the Dispatches Executive Editors, Following His Trip to California

I have to say that apart from Bird and Beckett Books, which felt like a very tiny oasis in the midst of a vast desert (like The_Lost_Patrol), San…

Tom Cheetham to Dispatches, 4 March 2019 [Help!]

dear fric & frac et al. somewhat against my will i've been convinced to teach a 2nd online class on Henry Corbin - and to include material on the…

Bob Arnold to Dispatches, 25 January 2019

Dear Dispatches Reading, again, Enzensberger who should quickly and readily sympathize with your living conditions, and snowblower, if the poems in…

Dispatches to Ian Keenan, 23 January 2019 [regarding Linh Dinh]

Ian, thanks for your long note. You are a loyal friend to Linh Dinh, and your defense of him is passionate and articulate. I have a couple of things…

Ian Keenan to Dispatches, 22 January 2019 [on Linh Dinh]

Dear Dispatches In August 1943, PM Magazine, heavily critical of Ezra Pound for his broadcasts in Italy, solicited the opinion of William…

David Baptiste Chirot to Dispatches, 13 January 2019

Dear Mr. Kent and Michael--          Thank you again for alerting me to the Linh Dinh blowout. Since 9/11 especially a kind of diseased madness has…

An open letter to Dispatches from contributing editor, Pierre Joris, 13 January 2019 [with a response from M. Boughn]

Hi Kent (& Mike, read Mike’s take on Linh Dinh. Of course excellent and accurate in the main, though I wonder about one paragraph: Linh Dinh…

Boyd Nielson to Dispatches, 11 January 2019 [on Linh Dinh]

Dear Kent & Mike, I just wanted to send my support for yr editorial decision to print the recent Dispatch & to remove Dinh as one of the…

Murat Nemet-Nejat to Dispatches, 11 January 2019 [on Linh Dinh]

Dear Dispatches, I am at the moment in Singapore. In a few weeks I will go to Kolkata for the publication of the the special Bengali issue where both…