Dear Dispatches:

In “Dispatch #26” you mention the accusation of Dispatches carrying an “ideological baggage.”  It doesn’t.  It’s more like an ideological “carry-on”, something for which even airlines would not charge.

Famously, Percy Shelley wrote “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world” to which George Oppen quipped “Poets are the legislators of the unacknowledged world.”  I agree with both, when I read them, but at this point in my life and times, I doubt legislative action is the answer. When I walk the streets I hear the voice of Emma Lazarus: …“Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..”  A barely assimilated Jew, she gave voice to both the margins and the center.  I hear her voice in Dispatches more than I hear ideological, legislative action.   There is something to be said about a poetics of the margins and the center.  And Dispatches is saying it. Thanks.