Gerrit Lansing was a brilliant poet, an astute scholar, a generous thinker, and an indefatigable explorer and lover of the unknown. He was born in Albany, N.Y. in 1928, soujourned in Cleveland, Ohio in his youth, and settled in the mythic topos of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he passed over at home surrounded by friends on February 11, 2018.

Dispatches is pleased to offer a portfolio of offerings including tributes, photos, poetry, and a short selection of Gerrit’s own writing. Contributors include Harvey Bialy, Amanda Cook, Dorota Czerner, Timotha Doane, Patrick James Dunagan, Jim Dunn, Derek Fenner, Henry Ferrini, Michael Franco, John Giglio, Whit Griffin, Mitch Highfill, Pierre Joris, George Kalamaras, Robert Kelly, Ruth Lepson, Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, Eileen Myles, Tamas Panitz, Robert Podgurski, George Quasha, Charles Stein, Joseph Torra, and John Wieners. The photographs are from Willie Alexander, Michael Boughn, Jim Dunn, Henry Ferrini,  Ruth Lepson, and Joseph Torra.

Harvey Bialy

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Timotha Doane

2 poems for Gerrit

Patrick James Dunagan

The poet's aura

Henry Ferrini

A photo gallery

Mitch Highfill

Thinking about Gerrit

Pierre Joris

for Gerrit at 75

Eileen Myles


George Quasha

The Gerrit Gap

Charles Stein

for Gerrit

Joseph Torra

A photo gallery