Thursday, April 15, 2010

Poet Portraits: Lorine Niedecker -

Lorine Niedecker, photo from Jacket Magazine

One of my favorite poets, yet probably one who is least known, Lorine Niedecker.

Lorine Niedecker: Collected WorksAmerica's Greatest Unknown Poet: Lorine Niedecker Reminiscences, Photographs, Letters and Her Most Memorable Poems
If you want to learn more about her, I recommend these two books: Lorine Niedecker: Collected Works and America's Greatest Unknown Poet: Lorine Niedecker Reminiscences, Photographs, Letters and Her Most Memorable Poems.  (Also, click on the link to Jacket Magazine under her photo as they have good introduction to her.)


She writes a lot of shorter poems and she wrote a series of poems written on a small daily calendar, yes, she may have been the first to do a poem-a-day--


Here are a few of her poems --

[Popcorn-can cover]

Popcorn-can cover
screwed to the wall
over a hole
      so the cold
can’t mouse in   


~

[Mr. Van Ess bought 14 washcloths?]


Mr. Van Ess bought 14 washcloths?
Fourteen washrags, Ed Van Ess?
Must be going to give em
to the church, I guess.


He drinks, you know. The day we moved
he came into the kitchen stewed,
mixed things up for my sister Grace—
put the spices in the wrong place.

~


The last 2 stanzas of "[In the great snowfall before the bomb]"--


But what vitality! The women hold jobs--
clean house, cook, raise children, bowl
and go to church.



What would they say if they knew
I sit for two months on six lines
of poetry?
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