Ghetto Funeral

By Charles Reznikoff 1894–1976 Charles Reznikoff
Followed by his lodge, shabby men stumbling over the
and his children, faces red and ugly with tears, eyes and
    eyelids red,
in the black coffin in the black hearse the old man.

No longer secretly grieving
that his children are not strong enough to go the way he
    wanted to go
and was not strong enough.

From The Poems of Charles Reznikoff by Charles Reznikoff, Edited by Seamus Cooney. Reprinted by permission of Black Sparrow Books, an imprint of David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc. Copyright 2005 by Charles Reznikoff, Edited by Seamus Cooney.

Source: Poems 1918-1975: The Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff (Black Sparrow Press, 1977)

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Poet Charles Reznikoff 1894–1976

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

Subjects Living, Death

 Charles  Reznikoff


Emerson remarked that the best writers often have the shortest biographies. The genius “draws up the ladder after him,” and the world, which had consigned him to obscurity during his lifetime, “sees the works and asks in vain for a history.”
Whatever judgment may ultimately be passed upon him, not much more than his works is ever likely to be known of Charles Reznikoff. He left no fervent disciples. The record he wished to . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

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