The Movement

Statute

The Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry is a non-partisan movement of political and social action that proposes itself as an alternative network for the creation and diffusion of contemporary poetry. Expression of a collective need, the MeP arises from the contradictions found in today’s society, consumerist and inattentive, and with different practices it works to resolve them. The Movement is structured as an evolving discourse based on the active and continuous contribution of a heterogeneous multitude of militants. The MeP does not criticize, does not select, does not censor – rather it intends to create a space for meeting and dialogue with poetry. More than the outcome of this dialogue, we are interested in making it possible: this is why we have chosen the path as the first place of publication. We will continue to look at each other and look at the reality around us, until the conditions that generated the MeP have radically changed. Then a movement for the emancipation of poetry will no longer make sense to exist. Florence, 2010

Manifest

The Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry is a non-partisan movement of political and social action that proposes itself as an alternative network for the creation and diffusion of contemporary poetry. Expression of a collective need, the MeP arises from the contradictions found in today’s society, consumerist and inattentive, and with different practices it works to resolve them. The Movement is structured as an evolving discourse based on the active and continuous contribution of a heterogeneous multitude of militants. The MeP does not criticize, does not select, does not censor – rather it intends to create a space for meeting and dialogue with poetry. More than the outcome of this dialogue, we are interested in making it possible: this is why we have chosen the path as the first place of publication. We will continue to look at each other and look at the reality around us, until the conditions that generated the MeP have radically changed. Then a movement for the emancipation of poetry will no longer make sense to exist.

The Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry Milan, 2018

To date, poetry does not possess, in vulgar contemporary society, the role that it should, for cultural and historical reasons, be due to it. And not because it is not yet the bearer of the ability to communicate and arouse emotions, feelings and fantasies, but because, although you continue to write it, you do not continue to read it, preferring low and empty entertainment to more noble and tiring exercises of mind and of thought. The MEP does not intend to redefine the concept or limit poetry to a specific “ism”. It does not want to be tied to a stylistic or thematic homogeneity, since it was born as a movement to emancipate poetry understood in its different forms. The MEP aims to restore poetry to the hegemonic role it has over other arts and at the same time not to leave it the exclusive prerogative of a restricted elite, but to bring it back to people, on the streets and in the squares. The acts with which we intend to do this are manifold, and we do not disdain the arrogance of some of them, since contrary to a slow and peaceful work of raising awareness, high-impact actions are able to immediately have their effect. Where possible, we try to pivot on that intrinsic property of the written word for which it is impossible for anyone who glances over it not to read it, as the word is read and decoded at the very moment it is seen.

The Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry Florence, 2010