Joseph Bovshover – Revolution

Born on September 30, 1873 in Lyubavich, Mogilev Gubernia (which is now Belarus), Joseph Bovshover left home whilst still young and went to Riga. There he studied German and to write poetry. He was especially influenced by the poetry of Heine. Aged 18 he moved to New York where he worked as a furrier. He began to write Yiddish poetry, joined the Anarchist movement, and became a popular declaimer in his shop, before becoming a writer for the radical Yiddish press.
Initially inspired by the other “sweatshop poets” such as Morris Rosenfeld and David Edelstadt, Bovshover developed his own style, less modeled on German revolutionary poetry and more influenced by American poets such as Walt Whitman. Bovshover’s work was popular among Jewish workers around the world, as well as in New York.
He also wrote in English under the name Basil Dahl. He later suffered from mental illness and was hospitalized until his death in Poughkeepsie on December 25, 1915.




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