Julien Poirier to Dispatches, 28 January 2018

Dear Dispatches, It's a matter of creativity, and how ethics are attached to it. It will be a great day when professional poetry institutions…

Ron Caplan to Dispatches, 24 November 2017

Dispatches - Thanks for sending me a reminder of my late youth. That catalogue was prepared from the days when Michael Hoffman of Aperture was…

Bill Freind to Dispatches, on Dispatch #29 — 10 January 2018

I Hate Truth I have to say I’m puzzled by Dispatches #29 – on truth and the new totalitarianism. At first it seems to be a kind of jeremiad lamenting…

Bruce Holsapple to Dispatches on Dispatch #30, 8 January 2018

Dear Dispatches, I don't know the original posts that Dispatch #30 responds to, and I'm not sure how much alignment there is in our thinking, but…

Sophie Merman to Dispatches, on Heriberto Yepez – 5 January 2018

Dear Dispatches: While surfing the fickle waves of the web today I landed on a couple of items that might interest you. One is a review of Heriberto…

Joe Amato to Dispatches, on Joshua Clover – 5 January 2018

Dear Emily Post-Avant, via Dispatches: I don’t get this bit from J. Clover: Debord countered, “I don’t want to put poetry in the service of…

John Rigney to Dispatches, 8 December 2017

Gentlemen: Why is it that those who have erased the self from poetry have done nothing to erase their own selfishness from the same? With love, John……

Xi Penn to Dispatches, 26 November 2017

尊敬的Kent Johnson, Michael Boughn: 余見聞絀作《與張強一起俯瞰張岭大潮》英譯刊登於貴 雜誌《詩詞急件》,特意附上原文便作參考。       敬祝 鈞安 詩人  彭玺敬上 二零一七年十一月二十六日 ** 與張強一起俯瞰張岭大潮…

PJ Laska to Dispatches, 14 October 2017

Greetings Dispatches, I offer this poem as an example of the proper way to plagiarize: Best wishes, P.J Laska   THE FALL OF AMERICA There…

Andrew Levy to Dispatches, 14 October 2017

Dear Dispatches, Given the theme of Dispatch #28, I thought you might be interested in “Triumph of the Readymade: Damien Hirst in Venice”:…

Linda Rogers to Dispatches, 13 October 2017

Dear Dispatches - The guy who plagiarized Angelou had dementia. No prior. So maybe we can let that go. I regard myself as a channel. If someone likes…

Daniel Zimmerman to Dispatches, 13 October 2017

Zimmerman - Mr Blakes skin (1)

Dispatches to André Spears, 4 September 2017 – on idiotic taxonomies of writing

André Several years ago when I was invited to give a reading in Rochester, I was advised to join Poets & Writers for tactical reasons. The name…

André Spears to Dispatches, 4 September 2017 — on idiotic taxonomies of writing

Dear Dispatches: A well-known poet of my acquaintance made the astounding remark that, as a poet, he had no interest in reading Proust, because…

Ron Silliman to Dispatches, 1 September 2016

  Wait until VIDA gets a load of those numbers.

David Levi Strauss to Dispatches, 8 October 2016

Hi Dispatches Duncan McNaughton just sent me this: I think Steve Emerson sent it to him. I then sent it to my daughter Maya, and she wrote back…

Bruce Rosen to Dispatches, 28 August 2017

Bom dia, Dispatches, Despite my kindergarten-level computer skills and wood-fired browser, I enjoyed checking out your "65 Years of Outward" piece…

Basil King to Burt Kimmelman and Dispatches, 27 August 2017

Re: "Who is There?: Revisiting Michael Brown’s Autopsy Report and Reassessing Conceptual Poetry Two Years after “Interrupt 3”", by Burt Kimmelman…

Bob Arnold to Dispatches, 24 August 2017

Just read your poem Kent, another wonder. Have you sent it to Seidel? You know I’ve read all his books of poems and don’t ask me why. I handled the…

The Anti-Literacy, Pro-Poverty Campaign: A Note in Request for Full Disclosure

Someone ought to write a piece of some sort about the relationship between Nixon's dehitching the dollar from gold at Bretton Woods in 1971 (silver…

Dispatches to Matt Turner re. The Confucius Institute, 16 June 2016 (see letter immediately below)

Dear Matt, Thank you for writing. Your letter is thoughtful and expressed in good faith, and we appreciate your sending it. I take strong issue,…

Dispatches to Patrick James Dunagan 14 June 2016 – RE: Charles, Frances, Ralph, and me by Sharon Thesen (see immediately below)

Dear Patrick,  Thanks for your letter regarding Sharon Thesen’s essay, “Charles, Frances, Ralph, and me.” I agree with you that the essay is,…

A reader writes

Dear Dispatches, you make my heart ache with your sad vision of the days of poetry's honour, now lost to the creeping sands of time that slowly bury…

Dispatches replies to Patrick James Dunagan on Maud and scholarship, 21 June 2016

[See Patrick James Dunagan's letter immediately below] Thanks, Patrick, for your reply to mine. I couldn’t agree with you more about the need to…

Dispatches to both Eldis Sula and Ted Byrne, 24 October 2016, on Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry

Eldis, thanks for your great letter to Dispatches. The following one line from it may be a better riposte to Lerner’s argument than anything I said…