List of anarchist poets
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This is a list of anarchists poets, examples of their published work, and the source material in which their poetry is found. This list is biased in favor of poets who have self-identified as anarchists. Poets who are popularly considered "anarchic", but have not specifically self-identified as anarchists, are not included.
- Hugo Ball
- Fanya Baron
- Toma Bebić
- Julian Beck (1925–1985): American actor and founder of The Living Theatre
- L. S. Bevington (1845–1895): English essayist and poet
- Jens Bjørneboe
- Tony Blackplait
- Luther Blissett (nom de plume)
- Giannina Braschi
- Balsa Brkovic
- Raegan Butcher
- John Cage (1912–1992): American composer; collections of poetry include Anarchy (1988)
- Monty Cantsin
- cris cheek
- 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
- David Edelstadt (1866–1892): Russian anarchist poet of the Yiddish language; works include Albert Parsons and Louis Lingg
- Jon Elia
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
- Léo Ferré (August 24, 1916 - July 14, 1993): one of France's most well-known and influential singers, poets and musicians; a self-proclaimed anarchist; sang irreverent and confrontational songs; works of poetry include Poète... vos papiers ! (1956), Testament phonographe (1980), Les Chants de la fureur (2013)
- Ian Fraser
- John Henry Mackay(1864–1933): German individualist anarchist, philosopher, writer, homosexual, and exponent of Max Stirner; works of poetry include Anarchy
- Jackson MacLow
- 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
- Manuel González 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
- Lucía Sánchez Saornil
- Louis Scutenaire
- Karl Shapiro
- Percy Bisshe Shelley
- Monica Sjöö
- Mikey Smith
- Gary Snyder
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).