“A poet is not a cable car.”
– Jack Spicer
Dispatches June (very late June – actually July) Contents Upload
As you may have guessed by now, Dispatches’ much vaunted June release encountered unforeseen obstacles. We are not talking simple age and exhaustion here. What’s our excuse? Make that plural. We’ve been working on several good ones which, notwithstanding the dog-ate-our-micro-SD-card air to it all, all have the ring of truth – the real one, not the alternate one – about them. We were immersed in the first months of this year in coordinating, editing, and producing the massive anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, published by Spuyten Duyvil Press under our new Dispatches Editions imprint. That occupied us for quite a while.
After that, we are not sure why, we decided to overhaul of our site design, reveling in the knowledge of the ease and efficiency of technology and all the ways it makes our lives better. After a series of developments prophesied in the Cherokee/African story of Hare/Anansi/Br’er Rabbits’ encounter with the Tar Baby, we finally emerged muttering in garbled counterpoint some nonsense about getting killed or getting stronger and what the hell was that. You could say it proved to be more . . . challenging . . . than we’d anticipated. Forgive us. We are, after all, old, doing the best we can with our shriveling resources. Thank you for bearing with us.
The new site is a work in progress. Our long term goal is integrate the two sites, but for the time being we have to settle with keeping both active and interlinked. All the publications at Dispatches 1 are still there, intact and available. Just click the name at the top of the new home page. Eventually we will bring them over, but it’s going to take a while given the obtuseness of technology. Please note that the pdf viewer allows you to download the documents to a full page view if you wish to do so. We will be continuing to refine the index, which is now augmented with a search engine. A real search engine. A 450 hp, overhead cam, dual exhaust search engine with chromed headers and a supercharger. And if you know what that means you are a) probably (though not necessarily) a boy, 2) really bloody old, and 3) know the words to “Little Deuce Coupe.”
Regardless of our now sophisticated, refined, urbane look and manner, we remain the same old kick-ass, threadbare pirate utopia we have (hopefully) been from the start. As old activists from the even older days, we are sometimes compelled to ejaculate slogans, especially when somewhat punchy from having gone toe to toe with technology.
So, in the spirit of solidarity, raise your fists and chant along with us.
Down with avant poetry’s disgusting institutional complicity!
Long live poetic autonomous zones!
Death to the nasty cultural border guards and their running dog poets!
We promise some serious misbehavior to come, at least in so far as we can reasonably misbehave without risking a heart attack.
Check out the multifarious treasures here. And stay tuned as we post on an almost daily basis – as the mafia-linked grifter Administration falls apart.
Dispatches from the Poetry Wars – where the claim of reason meets its match . . .
Dispatches June Update
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SUMMARY OF NOTES FROM THE FIRST OF THREE SESSIONS, “The Voice and The Gesture,” A SEMINAR DIRECTED BY GIORGIO AGAMBEN, GRADO, ITALY, AUGUST 21-23 Yesterday Giorgio Agamben in the first of three sessions scheduled under the title, “The Voice and The Gesture,” after...
Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada (Roof Books, 1997). Few books in American poetry over the past two decades have received more sustained and varied critical commentary than Doubled...
a quick morning eclipse poem with cardboard & duck tape built a box with my own two hands rarely thus employed: a trap for the sun.
OBU Manifestos, now avaiable from Spuyten Duyvil Press One Big Union aka Oligarchy Busters United--a serious and radical hoot, a real send-up and a real, passionate intervention--these Blakean manifestos for our pluri-poly-inter-problemantic NOW-TIMES smash and...
Check out George Quasha's Vimeo series, Poetry Is (speaking portraits https://vimeo.com/129744982
Jack Collom, Boulder poet and educator, remembered for 'a great run of a...
From Tramping the Bulrushes [pdf-embedder url="http://dispatchespoetrywars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/John-Clarke-The-Eschaton.pdf" title="John Clarke - The...
In June 1973, Robert Vas Dias organized the second of three biennial National Poetry Festivals in Allendale, Michigan, where he was serving as the poet in residence at Grand Valley State University's experimental Thomas Jefferson College. On the afternoon of Saturday,...
Around a decade ago, writing in the Contemporary Poetry Review (in a review of Louis Zukofsky: Selected Poems, ed. by Charles Bernstein, published by The Library of America, 2006), Jack Foley makes the following comment about a poetically momentous...