Mon 27 January
To mark World Holocaust Day, Mike Pearson and John Rowley read US poet-clerk Charles Reznikoff’s extraordinary, terrifying but ultimately affirming cycle of poems Holocaust. Based on testimonies at the Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the trials of Adolf Eichmann. Taking it in turns to speak, they are joined by musician Rhodri Davies who creates a live soundscape.
In unadorned narratives, without added commentary or interpretation, Reznikoff summons people and places and events, creating crystalline and forever disturbing pictures in the mind’s eye. In an era of discord, he cautions us to be ever vigilant of the enduring banality of evil.
‘He offers us no screaming, no weeping, no close inspection of pain, no rhetoric. He does not change what he finds, only cuts here and there to establish the narrative shape, the music’ George Szirtes. In 2015, Pearson, Rowley and sound artist Ian Watson presented a memorable eight-hour reading of Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony: The United States (1885-1915) based on thousands of pages of court transcripts for Chapter’s Experimentica.
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