Charles Reznikoff (1894-1976)

A selective list of online criticism for American objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & biography

"Charles Reznikoff." An introduction to Reznikoff from the Academy of American Poets.

"Charles Reznikoff." An introduction to Reznikoff plus excerpts of reputable critical discussions of some poems. Contents include a biography, commentary on Reznikoff's works Testimony and Holocost, articles about the Holocaust and about World War II. Modern American Poetry (U of Illinois). Eds. Cary Nelson and Burton Hatlen.

Bernstein, Charles. "Brooklyn Boy Makes Good: Charles Reznikoff, the Poet of New York." The Brooklyn Rail, March 2006.

Hindus, Milton. "Charles Reznikoff: A Biographical Essay." From Charles Reznikoff: Man and Poet (1984). Modern American Poetry (U of Illinois).

"Charles Reznikoff." An extended introduction to Reznikoff, biography, reception, bibliography, and selected poems, from the Poetry Foundation.

Lopate, Phillip. "A Poet's Novel". Lopate's introduction to By the Waters of Manhattan (1930; Black Sparrow Press, 2009), one of two novels by Reznikoff.

Auster, Paul. "It reminds me of something that once happened to my mother..." From Why Write? (1996). Auster tells of how he met Reznikoff. Electronic Poetry Center SUNY Buffalo.

Omer-Sherman, Ranen. "Charles Reznkkoff." Literary Encyclopedia. 28 April 2004. Eds. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, Janet Todd. An introduction to Reznikoff, from a database that provides signed literary criticism by experts in their field, and is available to individuals for a reasonably-priced subscription [subscription service].


literary criticism

Auster, Paul. "The Decisive Moment." From The Art of Hunger and Other Essays (1982). On Reznikoff's poetry. Auster writes, "Charles Reznikoff is a poet of the eye." Electronic Poetry Center SUNY Buffalo.

Bernstein, Charles. "Charles Bernstein: Reznikoff's Voices ." Poems and Poetics Jerome Rothenberg blog, 29 Jan. 2011. Also, "Turning the table on Bernstein's spin on Reznikoff." A response to Bernstein's article, by Bryan Sentes. Blog post 29 Jan. 2011.

Featherston, Dan. "Poetic Representation: Reznikoff's Holocaust". From Response: A Contemporary Jewish Review 68 (1997-98). Electronic Poetry Center SUNY Buffalo.

Fredman, Stephen. A review of A Menorah for Athena: Charles Reznikoff and the Jewish Dilemmas of Objectivist Poetry" (U of Chicago P). Reviewed by Brad Haas in Flashpoint magazine.

Hardy, Edmund. "Grass Anti-Epic: Charles Reznikoff's Testimony". Jacket 30 (July 2006).

Omer-Sherman, Ranen. "Palestine was a halting place, one of many": Diasporism in the Poetry of Charles Reznikoff. Melus, Spring 2000 [first page of article only].

Oppen, George. "Introducing Charles Reznikoff." Electronic Poetry Center SUNY Buffalo.

Skeel, David. "Point-Blank Verse." A law professor considers the hot topic (in legal circles) of the poetic exploration of legal language, and Reznikoff's contribution to the subject. Legal Affairs, Sept.-Oct. 2005.

Weinberger, E. "Niedecker / Reznikoff." Reznikoff and Lorine Niedecker as kindred spirits in poetry. Jacket 30 (July 2006).


web sites

Charles Reznikoff Readings. Audio files of Reznikoff reading his own poetry. Many poems. PennSound.

"Charles Reznikoff." Links to articles, bibliography, and poems. Electronic Poetry Center SUNY Buffalo.


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