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…

Annie Finch to Dispatches, 19 December 2016

Dear Dispatches – Thanks to Vanessa Vargas Rojas and Dispatches for calling attention to this deeply disturbing passage in Neruda's memoir.  As…

Michael Shea to Kent Johnson

Hi Kent,   Apologies for the long delay in responding--your message came just as I was returning to the States, and it took me a few months…

John Rigney to Dispatches, 27 November 2016

Dear Dispatches: Perhaps it is my own perverse optimism, but your latest dispatch got me thinking about Prynne’s comments and Olson and Black…

Open letter from J.P. Harpignies on the US election

Friends, As I'm sure all of you are feeling, there is no question this is a catastrophe, as much for what it reveals about so many white people's…

Ted Byrne to Dispatches, 24 October 2016, on the hatred of poetry

Dear Dispatches: I got a smart phone and I’m finding it easier with that device to read on-line. So, I spent some time with Dispatches this morning…

David Giannini to Dispatches Re: Melville the poet, 2 October 2016

Dear Dispatches: Kent is 100% correct in his assessment and the historical significance of Melville-as-poet.  I am tempted to say, so I say,…

Randy Prus to Dispatches, 3 September 2016

Dear Dispatches: In “Dispatch #26” you mention the accusation of Dispatches carrying an “ideological baggage.”  It doesn’t.  It’s more…

Jared Schickling to Dispatches, 4 September 2016

  Hi guys: Huge congrats on another fantastic release.  You've amassed a ton of material in such a short time.  And I have to say,…

Dispatches chastises Ron Silliman (sort of) re: VIDA & Numbers

It’s famously hard to judge tone in email, but sometimes… well, sometimes you can just sort of feel it. And Ron Silliman’s tone, in his short,…

Lucas Klein to Dispatches on Prynne, Badiou, and Mao

Dispatches’s “homage” last month to J. H. Prynne for his pilgrimage to “the Maoist birthplace [Hunan province] as an act of pious recognition,” as he…

Ron Silliman to Dispatches, 1 September 2016

 Wait until VIDA gets a load of those numbers.

Eldis Sula to Dispatches, 17 October 2016, on Lerner’s Hatred of Poetry

Hi Dispatches, Sorry again for my delay in responding to Kent's great essay on Hatred of Poetry. I actually attended a talk Lerner did about the book…

Joshua Kotin to Dispatches, 17 November 2016: Mapping Expatriate Paris

Dear Friends – I'm writing to announce a new website tracking the development of "Mapping Expatriate Paris: The Shakespeare and Company Lending…

A reply to ******* ***** on the matter of The Poetry Foundation

[Note: A very prominent, controversial poet and critic, who has contributed poems to Dispatches, wrote us thoughtfully to take issue with our claim…

Randy Prus to Dispatches, 3 September 2016

Dear Dispatches: In “Dispatch #26” you mention the accusation of Dispatches carrying an “ideological baggage.”  It doesn’t.  It’s more like an…

Randy Prus to Dispatches, 9 May 2016

Hey Dispatches, I’m loving it.  Attached a current poem for you, troping on Creeley’s old “Walking the Dog” sessions, and two from my book.  I see,…

Brian Ng to Dispatches and Lucas Klein, 17 August 2016

To the Editors of Dispatches Poetry and Lucas Klein 致《詩詞快訊》編輯及柯夏智先生 群怨以砥礪礱磨 漢辯西風美嫁禍 文弱書生傾莊遜 一啖志氣逝南柯 注釋: 群怨,出自論語《陽貨》:「小子!何莫學夫詩?詩,可以興,可以觀,可以 群,可以怨。」…

Brian Ng to Dispatches and Lucas Klein, 18 August 2016

“Why hasn’t Dispatches published the work of living Chinese writers whose stance it promotes, who either agree with the mission of Dispatches or who…