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Overlooked No More: Voltairine de Cleyre, America’s ‘Greatest Woman Anarchist’ (NYT-archive link) de Cleyre was a poet of merit as told by Elizabeth King's essay on her poetry, 'Pearl of Anarchy. Voltairine de Cleyre’s radical poetry is more timely than ever.' The anarchist library has a collection of her poetry on-line
posted by clavdivs (8 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
apologies, third link on the poetry collection here.
posted by clavdivs at 7:00 PM on February 11

America’s ‘Greatest Woman Anarchist’

Okay, so Emma Goldman lept immediately to MY mind at this phrase and I've never heard of Cleyre before now... so I'll leave it to the reader to judge who might at least be more well known amongst American Woman Anarchists.
posted by hippybear at 7:06 PM on February 11

Standard Ebooks also has a collection of her poetry with a nice cover, tags, and formatted for Kindle, Epub, and Kobo devices.
posted by tlwright at 7:21 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]

so I'll leave it to the reader to judge who might at least be more well known amongst American Woman Anarchists

"Emma Goldman called Voltairine de Cleyre "the most gifted and brilliant anarchist woman America ever produced
posted by clavdivs at 7:41 PM on February 11 [4 favorites]

Paul Avrich wrote a biography about her.
posted by perhapses at 7:45 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]

Life or Death is short but brilliant. Thanks for the post!
posted by Hardcore Poser at 9:47 PM on February 11 [1 favorite]

These really are wonderful. Thank you for this post!
posted by The Manwich Horror at 8:52 AM on February 12 [1 favorite]

The assassination of President William McKinley by the anarchist Leon Czolgosz in 1901 unleashed a wave of anti-anarchist sentiment. When Senator Joseph R. Hawley of Connecticut offered $1,000 to anyone who shot an anarchist, de Cleyre responded with a letter telling him to save his money; he could kill her.

“I will stand straight before you at any distance you wish me to, and you may shoot, in the presence of witnesses,” she wrote. “Does not your American commercial instinct seize upon this as a bargain?”

Respect for the sentiment and the ice-cold diss.
posted by the sobsister at 12:57 PM on February 12 [5 favorites]

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