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…

Open Letter to [Unnamed Poet] from Kent Johnson, 12 May 2016

[The below was sent yesterday to a well-known poet, who had written a measured and extended email to Dispatches, critiquing the Open Letter by Kent…

A letter to John Bradley

Dear Mr. Bradley,  Your name is very American sounding, like a Lee Harvey Oswald, distasteful but I’ll deal with it, coming from abroad as I do … to…

John Phillips to Dispatches, 14 August 2017

Dear Kent, Due to my youngest, Lana, having Scarlet Fever, I am having a somewhat glorious day off work. Luckily, the drugs have kicked in and she…

Pranab K Chakraborty to Dispatches, 26 July 2017

Dear Dispatches: No window there open to make any comment, so I put my gratitude here to Runa Bandyopadhyay who has tried to expose her poetic…

A Brief Exchange on the Poetics of Politics, between Charles Alexander and Kent Johnson

http://dispatchespoetry.com/articles/letters/2017/05/1274

Murat Nemet-Nejat to Dispatches, 23 May 2017

Thank you Dispatches, To me, the most electrifying moment in the [Duncan/Watten/Zukofsky] audiotape occurs when Duncan says, in his translation…

André Spears to Dispatches, 23 May 2017

So, what we need is another "pope" issuing excommunications from his pulpit in the avant-garde, after Breton & Bernstein: Johnson? Just shoot…

John Rigney to Dispatches, 14 May 2017

Dear Dispatches:   Thanks for the Duncan/Watten Zukofsky recording -- this seems to fit in very well with my own thoughts about legitimacy and…

Eliot Katz to Dispatches, 6 May 2017

Dear Dispatches: Just wanted to let you know that I’ve enjoyed your email dispatches. Having worked for about 7 or 8 years in the past with the PEN…

Joe Safdie and Dispatches exchange views on Coulter, resistance, freedom and the usefulness of silencing people

Dear Dispatches, Been thinking a bit about the Coulter nonsense and the sheer idiocy of aligning with cretins like her. So I think there’s probably…

Julien Poirier to Dispatches on Coulter, Berkeley, and free speech – 26 April 2017

April 26, 2017 Dear Dispatches – I live in Berkeley and grew up here—was actually conceived underneath the cop car that Mario Savio leapt onto…

Steven Shrybman to Dispatches, 2 February 2017

Dear Dispatches: I guess we always knew that the Joker was real, but Batman just wishful thinking Best, Steven

Hank Throw to Dispatches, 1 January 2017

Dear Dispatches: It's going to be a hell of a year, isn't it? I read someone who said Nazi analogy is wrong -- the closer parallel is the death of…