“Dans la poésie c’est toujours la guerre.”

– Osip Mandelstam

“A poet is not a cable car.”

– Jack Spicer

When everyone else in North America is talking about sexual abuse (except, of course, Corporate America where sexual abuse never occurs), why is virtually no one in the poetry world saying anything about this? Is it that ambitious poets, male and female, don’t want to cut their chances of getting into the Paris Review or other institutional venues of its kind? Just asking . . .


Xi Penn to Dispatches, 26 November 2017

尊敬的Kent Johnson, Michael Boughn: 余見聞絀作《與張強一起俯瞰張岭大潮》英譯刊登於貴 雜誌《詩詞急件》,特意附上原文便作參考。       敬祝 鈞安 詩人  彭玺敬上 二零一七年十一月二十六日 ** 與張強一起俯瞰張岭大潮 朦朧的太陽懸掛在煙霧瀰漫的空氣中。 來自大鐵膛的高潮咆哮。 DNC的詩歌征服綠帽。 主線和先鋒權力交涉 行政文化中心。 詩歌基金會是國家的迷宮 和公司通道;分支 蓋地底數百里。 兩年在長安一個小官 作羅伯特·克里利的私人秘書 我看夠了公案和陰謀。 現在從清晰的山峰驅趕到這裡...

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Omar Al-Nakib – “Toddler Quatrains 4th & 5th Batch”; Shiva

Manuel Becerra – 2 poems, Kristin Dykstra tr.

Mohammed Bemmis – Language, tr. Pierre Joris

James Berger – Oh that story (for John Ashbery in a Bucket of Phonemes)

Michael Boughn – The Book of Uncertain, A Manual – from Chapter 5: Taxonomies of Uncertain

Sheldon Lee Compton – 4 poems

MTC Cronin – from God Is Waiting in the World’s Yard

Andrew Dubois – from He We Her

Rachel Blau DuPlessis – “from the car”

Clayton Eshleman – Pollen Aria

Amy Evans – “antifa-la-la: songs against statues”

I Goldfarb – from Commedia

Clive Gresswell – 2 poems

Whit Griffin – from The Great Practice

Penelope Gristlefink – Rupert Murdoch Teaches His Grandson Long Division

Michael Harman – poem, for Ashbery

Aidan Healey – Ed Marshall’s Flight

Jeanne Heuving – 5 poems

Colin James – The Decline of Sea World, Circuses and Homosexual Metaphors

Kent Johnson – With Frederick Seidel, near the Matterhorn, in 2020; Poetry Will Save Your Life

Ruth Lepson – 4 poems; Dear John Ashbery

Susan Lewis – Drumming

Steve Manuel – 9 poems

Garry Thomas Morse – Bones of the Last Bison

Brian Ng – Nine Songs Counterfeit

David E. Patton – Conclusion of Tension in Construct Field of Object of Recognition Like 3/3 Dead

Craig Santos Perez – 2 poems

Tina Posner – 6 poems

Peter Quartermain – You Know

Richard Rathwell – 2 Poems

John Rigney – Anselm Hollow Tribute Band

Dominique Russell – Plath Variations

Joe Safdie – Eclipse

Gerard Sarnat – 4 Poems

Jared Schickling – 4 poems

Hugh Seidman – 6 poems

André Spears – Ship of State 4

Chris Stroffolino – For My 11 Year old Niece on Inauguration Day (2017)

Dan Zimmerman – 2 poems