Homage to J.H. Prynne

Homage to J.H. Prynne, new scolder of naïve, deceived poets (mainly American ones, like Charles Olson), who fall prey, in his words, to "crackpot"…

The Ashbery mystery continues

  The Ashbery mystery continues. Received on September 28. This time with a signature. Is it an original typescript of the famous poem? Or is it…

David Giannini to Dispatches Re: new “Ashbery biz, 30 September 2016”

Hello Dispatches! The "At North Farm" document's signature appears to be genuine, based on various signed editions I have from Ashbery. What makes no…

Tom Raworth, 1938-2017

         Tom Raworth 1938-2017   Envoi I could go on like this all dayTi-tum ti-tum and doodly-ay…

Niedecker ‘treasure trove’ returned to Fort museum

The poet and critic Steel Wagstaff, at the University of Wisconsin/Madison and Board member of Friends of Lorine Niedecker, has sent us the following…

David Meltzer

Dispatches has just had news that our friend David Meltzer has suffered a massive stroke. Please keep him in your thoughts today.

Juan Goytisolo writer dies at 86 in Marrakech

From Ammiel Alcalay: With sadness the news came that a true giant of witness, testimony, form, and conscience, Juan Goytisolo, passed away in his…

‘Your Lifelong Prisoner’ – Liu Xiaobo’s poem from prison

To Xia My dear, I'll never give up the struggle for freedom from the oppressors' jail, but I'll be your willing prisoner for life. I'm your…

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

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Ammiel Alcalay on David Meltzer

                                       David Meltzer at home in Oakland with Lost & Found, Series III   It is with great sorrow that I…

A message from Anne Waldman

  Poets are summoned to a stronger imagination of language and humanity in a time of new and radical Weathers. White House Inc is the last gasp…

Yasusada, 20 Years Later

  Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada (Roof Books, 1997). Few books…

OBU Manifestos

OBU Manifestos, now avaiable from Spuyten Duyvil Press   One Big Union aka Oligarchy Busters United--a serious and radical hoot, a real send-up…

Politics as Poetry, or why the Trump Campaign Understands Poetry Better than the Language Poets, by Bill Freind

No one has more conclusively shown the dangers of believing their poetry is implicitly political than the “Language” Poets. That would certainly come…

Poetry Is (speaking portraits), by George Quasha

Check out George Quasha's Vimeo series, Poetry Is (speaking portraits https://vimeo.com/129744982

The Poetics of Thinking, by George Quasha

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For Jack Collom, by Edward Sanders

Sanders Collom   Jack Collom, Boulder poet and educator, remembered for 'a great run of a life'

poem, by andrew whiteman

happy to oblige cant wait to hear  watt's so contentious about a zuk lecture * * * * *  andrew whiteman, a Canadian musician and…

OBU Interlude 1

 Dispatches has received a communique from an anonymous collective called OBU, announcing a sixteen-part Manifesto. The group has…

Politics as Poetry (II): Donald Trump, America’s Poet, by Bill Freind

Years ago I cooked in a Seattle restaurant that was slowly heading toward bankruptcy. During one typically slow shift, an Anglo prep cook named Peter…