Anarchive by Stephen Collis


  • Poetry
  • 96 pages, 5×8 inches
  • Price: $18 CAD · $16 USD
  • ISBN: 9781554200184
  • Date published: 2005-12-15
  • Availability: in print & available

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About Anarchive

Anarchive reworks the familiar story of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and the anarchist uprising that burst forth in its midst. It explores the possibilities for poetry in the long tradition of transaction and tension between art and political rhetoric.

As the revolution in language rages, Jack Spicer, Federico Garcia Lorca, Cervantes, Orwell, and anarchists Buenaventura Durruti and Ramon Fernandez take to the barricades in the streets of Barcelona and Madrid. The anarchic archive of their correspondence over Spain becomes the stuffof revolutionary legend.

Anarchive takes up the history of anarchy as a site for poetic archeology, keeping in mind not only the figure of the anarchist as ideal poet but that poetry is built out of the sudden uprisings and insurgencies of language itself.

About Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis is the author of Mine (2001).

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