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The Idiot

With green stagnant eyes,
arms and legs
loose ends of string in a wind,

keep smiling at your father.


From Rhythms II, published in 1919. This poem is in the public domain.


Charles Reznikoff

Born in 1894, in Brooklyn, New York, Charles Reznikoff was the author of several poetry collections and was a principal proponent of Objectivism.

Date Published: 1919-01-01

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