Friday, August 08, 2008

Another Dictatable Poem

Here's one I've liked for a while, by the Jewish American modernist Charles Reznikoff:
Scrap of paper
blown about the street,
you would like to be cherished, I suppose,
like a bank-note.
Plenty to do with this in terms of sound and diction and lineation, as with most of Reznikoff's limpid short poems. If you like it, the complete Poems came back into print a couple of years ago now, and his harrowing volume Holocaust, which condenses poems out of testimony at the Nuremburg Trials, came back into print last year.

Good stuff, worth knowing, and great in the classroom.

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