Biography of Charles Reznikoff
Charles Reznikoff (August 31, 1894 – January 22, 1976) was the poet for whom the term Objectivist was first coined. When asked by Harriet Munroe to provide an introduction to what became known as the Objectivist issue of Poetry, Louis Zukofsky provided his essay Sincerity and Objectification: With Special Reference to the Work of Charles Reznikoff. This established the name of the loose-knit group of 2nd generation modernist poets and the two characteristics of their poetry: sincerity and objectification.
Charles Reznikoff Poems
Not because of victories I sing, having none, but for the common sunshine,
So proudly she came into the subway car all who were not reading their newspapers saw the head high and the slow tread— coat wrinkled and her belongings in a paper bag,
The English In Virginia, April 1607
They landed and could see nothing but meadows and tall trees—
[his Father Carved Umbrella Handles...]
His father carved umbrella handles, but when umbrella handles were made by machinery, there was only one man for whom his father could work. The pay was small, though it had once been a good trade.
A Son with a Future
When he was four years old, he stood at the window during a thunderstorm. His father, a tailor, sat on the table sewing. He came up to his father and said, "I know what makes
The troopers are riding, are riding by the troopers are riding to kill and die that a clean flag may cleanly fly.
['The lamps are burning in the synagogue...
"The lamps are burning in the synagogue, in the houses of study, in dark alleys. . ." This should be the place.
Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holid...
I New Year's The solid houses in the mist are thin as tissue paper;
Not because of victories
but for the common sunshine,
the largess of the spring.
Not for victory
but for the day's work done
as well as I was able;
not for a seat upon the dais
but at the common table.