The Samizdat is creating Political Poetry
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patrons

$11
per Political Poem
THE MANIFESTO

All art is political.

In some cultures and in some circumstances, this is more apparent. Writers in China and Saudi Arabia have been imprisoned for their words and, in many cases, for the very act of writing something not approved by the government. In the United States, for example, the McCarthy era destroyed careers for artists who spoke out against the Communist witch hunt of the time.

And it's possible that we are heading towards such a crisis again.

In the USSR, during the long totalitarian rule of that country, people were born into oppression and died in repression. Anything a citizen said could be and would be used against them. Typewriters were registered and marked each with an individual fingerprint so that the authorities could discover who had written any seditious material. In this climate, writing anything was a risk, and a political act.

Russian writers and philosophers and critics who wanted to flout government censorship wrote their pieces in secret and passed what they'd written to others in secret. Those others took on the obligation of retyping what they'd received or copying it out by hand and sending their new copies onward to other readers. Reading these secretly-shared, non-government-approved, and therefore subversive texts was dangerous. Being in possession of them was a crime.

This is the spirit I'm trying to recreate with The Samizdat, writing and publishing and distributing political poetry that talks to and around and within what is going on in the world today. Poetry is not just food for the soul, it is fuel for revolution. It is a lens that changes the way you perceive the world and your place in it.

THE ACTION PLAN

The Samizdat promises to deliver political poems directly to you, up to four times a month. The first poem of every month will be mine--the other three will be guest poets. The line up so far includes Sasha West and Joshua Gottlieb-Miller.

Because politics is not just about words but also about actions, half of your pledge will go towards a charity of the contributing poet's choice (the pledge being the total minus Patreon's fees), the possible charities listed in that poet's bio. Afterwards, I will post how much money was raised and where it went. My goal here is to be as transparent as possible in supporting poetry and those causes we, as a community, believe in.

The Samizdat has two baselines of support. The first is a one-dollar pledge that gets you the poem and access to any extras posted through the Patreon. The second is a twenty-dollar pledge which will get you a poem directly mailed to you. Because of the way Patreon works, you can change your pledge level at any time so that if you want mailed copies of only those poets you prefer, that will be easy to arrange.

We are entering a world where art and dissent are under attack. Here is your chance to support both.

EXAMPLES OF THE WORK

"Listening"

"Perishable Goods"
Tiers
Support Political Poetry
$1 or more per Political Poem 5 patrons
Support political poetry and give to a charity at the same time.
  • Support poets
  • Support charity of poet's choice
  • PDF Download of the poet's poem
  • Access to writing about the poem by this poem's poet 
Real Samizdat in the Mail
$5 or more per Political Poem 1 of 10 patrons
Once a month, an envelope with one poem/broadsheet included.
Goals
$11 of $200 per Political Poem
At this point, The Samizdat will have reached the baseline of its existence, giving $100 to each poet for their poem and donating the rest to that poet's chosen charity. After this point, all additional funds will go towards the charity.
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THE MANIFESTO

All art is political.

In some cultures and in some circumstances, this is more apparent. Writers in China and Saudi Arabia have been imprisoned for their words and, in many cases, for the very act of writing something not approved by the government. In the United States, for example, the McCarthy era destroyed careers for artists who spoke out against the Communist witch hunt of the time.

And it's possible that we are heading towards such a crisis again.

In the USSR, during the long totalitarian rule of that country, people were born into oppression and died in repression. Anything a citizen said could be and would be used against them. Typewriters were registered and marked each with an individual fingerprint so that the authorities could discover who had written any seditious material. In this climate, writing anything was a risk, and a political act.

Russian writers and philosophers and critics who wanted to flout government censorship wrote their pieces in secret and passed what they'd written to others in secret. Those others took on the obligation of retyping what they'd received or copying it out by hand and sending their new copies onward to other readers. Reading these secretly-shared, non-government-approved, and therefore subversive texts was dangerous. Being in possession of them was a crime.

This is the spirit I'm trying to recreate with The Samizdat, writing and publishing and distributing political poetry that talks to and around and within what is going on in the world today. Poetry is not just food for the soul, it is fuel for revolution. It is a lens that changes the way you perceive the world and your place in it.

THE ACTION PLAN

The Samizdat promises to deliver political poems directly to you, up to four times a month. The first poem of every month will be mine--the other three will be guest poets. The line up so far includes Sasha West and Joshua Gottlieb-Miller.

Because politics is not just about words but also about actions, half of your pledge will go towards a charity of the contributing poet's choice (the pledge being the total minus Patreon's fees), the possible charities listed in that poet's bio. Afterwards, I will post how much money was raised and where it went. My goal here is to be as transparent as possible in supporting poetry and those causes we, as a community, believe in.

The Samizdat has two baselines of support. The first is a one-dollar pledge that gets you the poem and access to any extras posted through the Patreon. The second is a twenty-dollar pledge which will get you a poem directly mailed to you. Because of the way Patreon works, you can change your pledge level at any time so that if you want mailed copies of only those poets you prefer, that will be easy to arrange.

We are entering a world where art and dissent are under attack. Here is your chance to support both.

EXAMPLES OF THE WORK

"Listening"

"Perishable Goods"

Recent posts by The Samizdat

Tiers
Support Political Poetry
$1 or more per Political Poem 5 patrons
Support political poetry and give to a charity at the same time.
  • Support poets
  • Support charity of poet's choice
  • PDF Download of the poet's poem
  • Access to writing about the poem by this poem's poet 
Real Samizdat in the Mail
$5 or more per Political Poem 1 of 10 patrons
Once a month, an envelope with one poem/broadsheet included.