Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM reframes the captions of holocaust photographs from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. These captions—without their photographic images—are arranged loosely in the order or narrative constructed by the museum. There are many purposes to this project, but, for the author, the genesis is in articulating a cultural shift from image to text. Primarily, the author chose this particular subject, this particular holocaust, because the images are shared in our collective memory—by presenting only the text, the reader is, hopefully, consigned into a more complicit experience."According to a dictionary, a museum is a site where objects of permanent value are kept and displayed. The permanent value of the objects captured in Robert Fitterman's HOLOCAUST MUSEUM is that they prove the cut an image can make. The image of a Jew, a gypsy, a desecration, a desire. We have seen the pictures of our past, but the point is the caption. For it is through the language of this museum that we can see how permanent, how precious, is our love of hate."—Vanessa Place
Robert Fitterman at the Derelictions of Duty reading at NYU (02 Oct 2011) from voiceworks project on Vimeo.
Robert Fitterman's books of poetry include I LOVE YOU FOREVER, NO MATTER (Counterpath Press, 2016), NEVERMIND (Wonder, 2016), NO WAIT, YEP. DEFINITELY STILL HATE MYSELF (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), HOLOCAUST MUSEUM (Counterpath Press, 2013), NOW WE ARE FRIENDS (Truck Books, 2010), ROB THE PLAGIARIST (Roof Books, 2009), WAR, THE MUSICAL (Subpress, 2006), and NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem "Metropolis," has been published in 4 separate volumes. He is the founder of Collective Task—a collective of over 30 international artists and writers who complete monthly "tasks" assigned by its members. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA