Allison Pitinii Davis Inheritance poetr y Whatever he did is characterized by meticulously fine and painstaking craftsmanship. . . . In the care and precision of his lines, people and objects retain their own lives. --Harvey Shapiro on the poet Charles Reznikoff 1. Reznikoff's parents made hats. His lines are tight as his parents' stitching: word-word-word-word-word. Lines to cover a head on a freezing day. 2. My mother is a bookkeeper, my father is an innkeeper. I'm a keeper of a language that won't register under its name. 3. Reznikoff's mother moved to America and had a son. She wanted to name him Ezekiel after her father. The doctor said, "Call him Charlie, he'll be grateful." 4. When the thread unravels, run it between your lips. When there isn't thread, invent separation. Double knot the end of every truth. 5. Between being horseman in czarist Russia and trading horses in Chicago, a Jew stopped in England and grabbed a new name quickly as a jacket that we keep handing down to inherit the sweat. 85 Arriving in Canada Dubrova, PolandMontréal, Canada When she was a young girl in Yiddish Quebec with her eyes fixed simply through snowfall when
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