A major work by an essential American poet, published in full for the first time. Available again for the first time since 1978-and complete in one volume for the first time ever-Charles Reznikoff'sTestimonyis a lost masterpiece, a leg- endary book that stands alongside Louis Zukofsky's A and William Carlos Williams'sPatersonas a milestone of modern American poetry. Taking as its raw material the voices of witnesses, victims, and perpetrators discovered by the author in criminal court transcripts, Reznikoff's book sets forth a stark panorama of late- 19th- and early 20th- century America-the underside of the Gilded Age, beset by racism and casual violence, poverty and disease-in a radically stripped-down lan- guage of almost unbearable intensity. This edition also includes Reznikoff 's prose studies for the poem, unavailable to readers since the 1930s, and a new introduction by essayist Eliot Weinberger.
Charles Reznikoff—Testimony - The United States (1885-1915) : Recitative