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Subject and Object

The Poems of Charles Reznikoff 1918-1975 by Charles Reznikoff, a review from The New Republic Online by Adam Kirsch.

"In February 1931, Harriet Monroe, then the editor of Poetry magazine, made the latest in a long series of surrenders to the judgment of Ezra Pound. Pound, who in the 1910s had prevailed on Monroe to print T.S. Eliot against her better judgment, now convinced her to hand over that month's issue of Poetry to Louis Zukofsky, a twenty-six-year-old poet who had become one of Pound's favorite protégés. Zukofsky, having learned from Pound both the poetics of modernism and the value of a brand name, declared this the 'Objectivist Issue,' thereby fusing into a movement a disparate group of young poets, including himself, Carl Rakosi, George Oppen, and above all Charles Reznikoff. The essay in which Zukofsky set out the principles of the putative movement was titled 'Sincerity and Objectification: With Special Reference to the Work of Charles Reznikoff.'" Read the entire New Republic review.




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