John Reed

(1887-1920 / the United States)

Biography of John Reed

John Reed poet

John Silas "Jack" Reed (1887 – 1920) was an American journalist, poet, and communist activist, best remembered for his first-hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution, Ten Days that Shook the World. He was married to writer and feminist Louise Bryant.

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SOMEWHERE I read a strange, old, rusty tale
Smelling of war; most curiously named
The Mad Recreant Knight of the West.
Once, you have read, the round world brimmed with hate,
Stirred and revolted, flashed unceasingly
Facets of cruel splendor. And the strong
Harried the weak …
Long past, long past, praise God,
In these fair, peaceful, happy days.

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