Lorine Niedecker, photo from Jacket Magazine
One of my favorite poets, yet probably one who is least known, Lorine Niedecker.
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 --
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 "[
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