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Charles Reznikoff
Charles Reznikoff
Born in 1894, in Brooklyn, New York, Charles Reznikoff is the author of several collections of poetry and was a principal proponent of Objectivism...
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Poems About Chanukah
Light breaks where no sun shines
by Dylan Thomas
Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays
by Charles Reznikoff
The Coming of Light
by Mark Strand
The Feast of Lights
by Emma Lazarus
Poems about Jewish Experience
Kaddish, Part I
by Allen Ginsberg
A Little History
by David Lehman
by Joan Larkin
An Old Cracked Tune
by Stanley Kunitz
Fugue of Death
by Paul Celan
Hey Allen Ginsberg Where Have You Gone and What Would You Think of My Drugs?
by Rachel Zucker
In a Country
by Larry Levis
In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport
by Emma Lazarus
In the Park
by Maxine Kumin
It had been long dark, though still an hour before supper-time.
by Charles Reznikoff
by Michael Blumenthal
Kissing Stieglitz Good-Bye
by Gerald Stern
The Poem as Mask
by Muriel Rukeyser
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Poems for Chanukah
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Notes on the Spring Holidays, III, [Hanukkah]

by Charles Reznikoff


In a world where each man must be of use
and each thing useful, the rebellious Jews
light not one light but eight—
not to see by but to look at.

From The Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff. Copyright © 1976 by Charles Reznikoff. Used by permission of Black Sparrow Press, an imprint of David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc.
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