An Encyclopedia Entry about Kirill Medvedev

AnEncyclopedia Entry about Kirill Medvedev

AnEncyclopedia Entry about Kirill Medvedev


  1. Explain how Medvedev was a target of arrests and criticism

  2. What do you understand by the term Free Marxist Press?

  3. Mention two instances when Medvedev used satire and empathy in poems

  4. Medvedev’s poetry and his political essays cannot be separated. Do you agree or disagree with this statement

  5. What made activist and artists like Medvedev develop interest in Marxism?

KirillMedvedev (1975-.) He is one of the renowned poet, activist, and anavowed Marxist that made and still makes great contribution to theAmerican literature. By his mid-twenties he was able to publish twocollections of poetry with the help of well established Moscow poetrypresses. The work had unique characteristics it was highlyautobiographical and in form of a free verse, this form was stillrelatively rare in Russia. Several sympathetic critics were extendedtowards his book in fact, other hostile individuals argued that hiswork lacked any characteristic of a poem (Medvedev, 2012). Thistriggered Medvedev to evaluating the political background of theaesthetic judgments, which were made by his contemporaries. He reallywanted to know the reason that made people react in a violent mannerwith regard to things that they were unaccustomed to. In particular,he wanted to unveil the reason that made people who claimed to have astrong likeliness his poems to never intervene when his work washighly criticized. This made him believe and conclude that hissociety was full of both feudal and capitalists. He further concludedthat the previous generations of Russian who had scarified their timeand energy to fighting for their rights to private life were to blamefor the reactions and critics that were directed towards his works.He is the founder of a left-wing political party as well as an editorand publisher of a left-wing press. The initial distribution of theleft wing press was limited to a duffel bag. He renounced allcopyrights to his works in 2004. Since 2004, Facebook and Live hasbeen his main publication outlets since 2004 (Medvedev, 2012).Similarly, one-man political demonstrations have replaced hisfrequent poetry readings.

Hisessays played a key role in delimiting positions that have a highlikelihood of insulating producers from various corrupting forces ofpolitics and marketplace. Most of his publications appear in It’sNo Goodbook. The publications play a key role in revealing or ratherportraying a unique view of Medvedev this view might be obscured ina normal or typical poetry collection. His prosaic free verse form ofwriting poem was highly inspired Charles Bukowski and Walt Whitman.These verses incorporate day to day concerns they highly resemblecontemporary America poems. However, his poems portray a unique andunusual characteristic they speak in a direct manner with regard tohis poetic contemporaries (Medvedev, 2012).

Hisfree form of writing on his contemporary is highly attributed to hisability to foreswear the status as well as material advantages thatoffer him immense help. He continually argued that writers who implyto write pure and personal interest advance a course that is purelyimpossible and undesirable. In fact, such writers only pretend atprivacy play in order to facilitate depoliticizing tendency ofliberalism. He therefore, advocated and called writers to renouncethe materials rewards of writing with an aim of standing outside ofinstitutions that continuously compromise institutions of politicaland literary world. Such compromises help such institutions to beseen and described in a clear manner. He further argue that beingamateur in the writing industry set writers free of any debts aswell as create provision for a free hand for intellectual combat.Indeed, Medvedev works contributed highly to protecting the integrityof his work.


Medvedev,K. (2012). It’sNo Good: Poems/Essay/Actions.New York: Brooklyn.

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