In his long poem, “Liberation Recalled,” composed from 1994-97, Eliot Katz presents testimony from his mother about her WWII concentration camp experiences, interspersed with his own stylistically varied verses on a wide range of contemporary social themes. Employing elements of modernist experimentation, Katz inventively explores questions of historical and intergenerational legacy, psychic reconstruction, political-literary theory, and the challenge of building a more humane future. The poem, written in 39 sections, is posted here in its entirety in a pdf format.
“Liberation Recalled” was originally published in the poetry collection “Unlocking the Exits”
(Coffee House Press, 1999).
For information about reprinting “Liberation Recalled,” in whole or in excerpts, or to inquire about readings, please contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org