In this sense, Testimony can be read as the great monument of Objectivist poetry. As Paul Auster puts it, "In spite of this deep solidarity with the Jewish past, Reznikoff never deludes himself into thinking that he can overcome the essential isolation of his condition simply by affirming his Jewishness.
In Reznikoff married Marie Syrkin, who later became a distinguished professor at Brandeis University. If only I could write with four pens between five fingers and with each pen a different sentence at the same time— but the rabbis say it is a lost art, a lost art.
The bulk of the collection consists of Reznikoff's writings, ranging from original source materials up to finished typescripts, and includes thousands of pages of revisions. Objectivist poet[ edit ] Around the time the Objectivist issue of Poetry appeared, Reznikoff, Zukofsky and George Oppen set up To Publishers and later the Objectivist Press, essentially to publish their own work.
And he does not need to explain that the outer circumstances of this man reflected the inner like symbols. In their torment they threw themselves on the mops and rags used by the hospital attendants and sucked the dirty water out of them to quench the thirst driving them mad.
Most of the materials in the collection date from the 's to the early 's. The poetic mode which Reznikof developed in writing this work was invaluable to his work on Holocaust.