Holocaust - Charles Reznikoff
This is not "pretty" poetry by a long shot. What it is, is a collection of poems Reznikoff wrote based on court testimony from perpetrators and victims of the Holocaust, and that's exactly how the poems read: very matter-of-fact. It was difficult to get through, not because of any flowery language, but because of the stark, brutal reality presented in its pages, added to the knowledge that everything written herein is truth. I would call it a very harsh account of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust--a valuable book of history but a difficult book that presents the horrors of the Holocaust almost without emotion.