List of anarchist poets
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Believing that the State maintains its authority through the monopolization of violence, an anarchist is a person who rejects any form of coercive government (cf. "state") and supports its elimination. Anarchism can be summarised as the belief that all forms of coercive rulership are undesirable and should be abolished.
According to the Institute for Anarchist Studies, Anarchism asserts that "it is necessary and possible to overthrow coercive and exploitative social relationships, and replace them with egalitarian, self-managed, and cooperative social forms. Anarchism thus [gives] new depth to the long struggle for freedom."
The Institute for Anarchist Studies explains that "anarchist critique has widened into a more generalized condemnation of domination and hierarchy. This has made it possible to understand and challenge a variety of social relationships -- such as patriarchy, racism, and the devastation of nature, to mention a few -- while confronting political and economic hierarchies. Given this, the ideal of a free society expanded to include sexual liberation, cultural diversity, and ecological harmony, as well as directly democratic institutions."
Although "anarchism's great refusal of all forms of domination renders it historically flexible, politically comprehensive, and consistently critical," the Institute for Anarchist Studies concludes that "anarchism has yet to acquire the rigor and complexity needed to comprehend and transform the present."
- Hugo Ball
- Fanya Baron
- Toma Bebić
- Julian Beck (1925–1985): American actor and founder of The Living Theatre.
- Jens Bjørneboe
- Tony Blackplait
- Luther Blissett (nom de plume)
- Raegan Butcher
- John Cage (1912–1992): American composer. Collections of poetry include Anarchy (1988).
- Monty Cantsin
- Lev Chernyi
- Voltairine de Cleyre (1866–1912): American activist and one of the earliest anarchists without adjectives. Works include the poem Bastard Born, and The Worm Turns (1900), a collection of poetry.
- Arthur Cravan
- Miloš Crnjanski
- Balsa Brkovic
- David Edelstadt (1866–1892): Russian anarchist poet of the Yiddish language. Works include Albert Parsons and Louis Lingg.
- Jon Elia
- Nicholas Karavatos (American, b.1962), author of No Asylum (Arcata: Amendment Nine, 2009)
- Tuli Kupferberg
- Jackson MacLow
- John Henry Mackay(1864–1933): German individualist anarchist, philosopher, writer, homosexual, and exponent of Max Steiner. Works of poetry include Anarchy.
- Nestor Makhno (1888–1934): Ukrainian anarcho-communist, military strategist, and commander of the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine. Works of poetry include Summons.
- Erich Mühsam
- Kenneth Patchen
- Benjamin Péret
- Utah Phillips
- Pi O (П О)
- Eugène Edine Pottier
- Gonzalez Prada
- Diane di Prima
- Dachine Rainer
- Herbert Read (1893–1968): English poet and critic of literature and art. Works include "A Song for the Spanish Anarchists, The Death of Kropotkin, and Poetry & Anarchism (1938)
- Kenneth Rexroth
- Lola Ridge
- Arthur Rimbaud
- Penny Rimbaud
Footnotes and citations
- ^ Beck, Julian, "Preface to The Brig", A Spotlight Dramabook.
- ^ Cage self-identified as an anarchist in a 1985 interview: "I'm an anarchist. I don't know whether the adjective is pure and simple, or philosophical, or what, but I don't like government! And I don't like institutions! And I don't have any confidence in even good institutions." John Cage at Seventy: An Interview by Stephen Montague. American Music, Summer 1985. Ubu.com. Accessed May 24, 2007.
- ^ de Cleyre, Voltairine (1914), "The Making of an Anarchist", Selected Writings of Voltairine de Cleyre, Mother Earth Publishing.
- ^ “A great poet and one of the finest types of Anarchist that ever lived.” - Emma Goldman, Edelstadt, David, 1866-1892, A short biography of Russian-Jewish anarchist and editor David Edelstadt.
- ^ "I am an Anarchist! Wherefore I will; Not rule, & also ruled I will not be!"–John Henry Mackay, excerpt from Anarchy. John Henry Mackay entry in The Anarchist Encyclopedia. recollectionbooks.com Retrieved October 6, 2007
- ^ "As a revolutionary anarchist, I shared the life of the Ukrainian people during the revolution." Makhno, Nestor "The ABC of The Revolutionary Anarchist", The Struggle Against the State and other essays. Translated by Paul Sharkey.
- ^ Summons Makhno, Nestor. libcom.org Retrieved October 11, 2007.
- ^ Thirty-five Poems (1940)
- ^ Herbert Read first expressed his anarchist philosophy in Anarchy & Order (1938), and later in The Philosophy of Anarchism (1940), and My Anarchism (1966).
- Parser: New Poetry and Poetics, a journal of anarchist poetry and poetics
- Poetry by Voltairine de Cleyre