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…

Preface to Kent Johnson’s Homage to the Pseudo Avant-Garde, by Michael Boughn

Preface to Kent Johnson's Homage to the Pseudo Avant-Garde    

Color at the Mercy of Light

One of Ben Hollander's last pieces, on whiteness and color:  

Color at the Mercy of the Light

Why Don’t More Women Contribute to Websites Like Dispatches?

Twice in the last couple of weeks I’ve been asked by male editors to help them get more women contributing to their projects. Eighty percent of…

A View from Iceland: an Interview with Eríkur Õrn Norðdahl, by Linh Dinh

A View from Iceland-An Interview with Eirikur Orn Norddahl--Linh Dinh (1)

What We Stand On: 3 Progressive Platform Planks (as of Sept. 18, 2016)

What We Stand On: 3 Progressive Platform Planks (as of Sept. 18, 2016) 1. Abortion Must Stay Legal This is non-negotiable. “Women have a right to…

Jeremy Prynne lectures on Maximus IV, V, VI Simon Fraser University, July 27, 1971

Jeremy Prynne lectures on Maximus IV, V, VI  Simon Fraser University, July 27, 1971 Transcribed by Tom McGauley and published in Iron (October 1971);…

Charles Olson and Finding One’s Place, by Joe Safdie – A lecture given at the Gloucester Writers’ Center June 1, 2016

“I’m a cosmopolitan,” said my friend Jerry Rothenberg, when I told him the title of this lecture; “I’m not sure I want to find my place.” I remember…

Charles, Frances, Ralph, and me

The recent fracas that followed an audience “question” about how Black Mountain College could call itself progressive when it was patriarchal,…

Truth is that which flees, poetry is never where you look for it

Against my own intentions, I wrote you all something. Depending on your reading habits, it may prove long for an email in spite of its fundamentally…

Maud / Olson & Me

In anticipation of the “official launch” of the Maud / Olson Library in Gloucester in the late spring of 2016, I’ve been asked by friends in and…

Robert Creeley’s Anger

Robert Creeley's anger final

Olson and Melancholy, by Donald Wellman

When I was a boy, I held a melancholy conception of poetry. In my neighborhood, most verse was found on tombstones. I’d walk the main road of my…

Racing for the prize, by Michael Boughn

(See Kent Johnson's introductory essay, "On Money Problems, Prizes, and Harrieteers: by way of introduction,", in Dispatches.) I recently was “short…

Of Etho-, Ethno- and Eco-poetics, by Tyrone Williams

The following piece was delivered as a talk on May 25, 2010 at Ecopoetical Futures: A Panel with Marcella Durand,  Brenda Iijima, Ted Mathys…

No Avant-Garde: Notes toward a Left Front of the Arts, by Kent Johnson

1.   I want to start in reiterative way, quoting a substantial extract from something that appeared almost exactly ten years back. I believe the…