Lorine Niedecker - Collected Works

ISBN-10: 0520224345

ISBN-13: 9780520224346

Edition: 2002

Authors: Lorine Niedecker, Jenny Penberthy

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"The Bronteuml;s had their moors, I have my marshes," Lorine Niedecker wrote of flood-prone Black Hawk Island in Wisconsin, where she lived most of her life. Her life by water, as she called it, could not have been further removed from the avant-garde poetry scene where she also made a home. Niedecker is one of the most important poets of her generation and an essential member of the Objectivist circle. Her work attracted high praise from her peers--Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Cid Corman, Clayton Eshleman--with whom she exchanged life-sustaining letters. Niedecker was also a major woman poet who interrogated issues of gender, domesticity, work, marriage, and sexual politics long before the modern feminist movement. Her marginal status, both geographically and as a woman, translates into a major poetry. Niedecker's lyric voice is one of the most subtle and sensuous of the twentieth century. Her ear is constantly alive to sounds of nature, oddities of vernacular speech, textures of vowels and consonants. Often compared to Emily Dickinson, Niedecker writes a poetry of wit and emotion, cosmopolitan experimentation and down-home American speech. This much-anticipated volume presents all of Niedecker's surviving poetry, plays, and creative prose in the sequence of their composition. It includes many poems previously unpublished in book form plus all of Niedecker's surviving 1930s surrealist work and her 1936-46 folk poetry, bringing to light the formative experimental phases of her early career. With an introduction that offers an account of the poet's life and notes that provide detailed textual information, this book will be the definitive reader's and scholar's edition of Niedecker's work.
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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 494
Size: 6.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Life and Writing
This Edition
Mourning Dove
Promise of Brilliant Funeral
When Ecstasy is Inconvenient
For exhibition
Beyond what
I heard
Memorial Day
Stage Directions
Will You Write Me a Christmas Poem?
Next Year or I Fly My Rounds Tempestuous
Domestic and Unavoidable
The President of the Holding Company
Fancy Another Day Gone
O let's glee glow as we go
Troubles to win
A country's economics sick
Lady in the Leopard Coat
Jim Poor's his name
Scuttle up the workshop
There was a bridge once that said I'm going
When do we live again Ann
Missus Dorra
No retiring summer stroke
To war they kept
Petrou his name was sorrow
The eleventh of progressional
Young girl to marry
I spent my money
Trees over the roof
New Goose
Don't shoot the rail!
Hop press
Ash woods, willow, close to shore
The music, lady
For sun and moon and radio
She had tumult of the brain
My coat threadbare
Mr. Van Ess bought 14 washcloths?
Not feeling well, my wood uncut
Remember my little granite pail?
A lawnmower's one of the babies I'd have
My man says the wind blows from the south
Du Bay
I'm a sharecropper
Here it gives the laws for fishing thru the ice--
On Columbus Day he set out for the north
Black Hawk held: In reason
We know him--Law and Order League--
The clothesline post is set
I said to my head, Write something
Grampa's got his old age pension
There's a better shine
The museum man!
That woman!--eyeing houses
Hand Crocheted Rug
They came at a pace
I doubt I'll get silk stockings out
To see the man who took care of our stock
A monster owl
Gen. Rodimstev's story/(Stalingrad)
Birds' mating-fight
From my bed I see
Asa Gray wrote Increase Lapham
Well, spring overflows the land
van Gogh
What a woman!--hooks men like rugs
The brown muskrat, noiseless
The broad-leaved Arrow-head
"New Goose" Manuscript
To a Maryland editor, 1943
Summer's away, I traded my chicks for trees
She was a mourner too. Now she's gone
Seven years a charming woman wore
The land of four o'clocks is here
Just before she died
Brought the enemy down
Nothing nourishing
The number of Britons killed
Old Hamilton hailed the man from the grocery store
Motor cars
Allied Convoy/Reaches Russia
Depression years
Coopered at Fish Creek
A working man appeared in the street
Woman with Umbrella
Automobile Accident
Look, the woods, the sky, our home
Coming out of Sleep
I walked/from Chicago to Big Bull Falls (Wausau)
See the girls in shorts on their bicycles
When Johnny (Chapman) Appleseed
Tell me a story about the war
Poet Percival said: I struck a lode
Terrible things coming up
Their apples fall down
The government men said Don't plant wheat
Chimney Sweep
Swept snow, Li Po
Regards to Mr. Glover
Sunday's motor-cars
Let's play a game
Lugubre for a child
Could You Be Right
Look close
If I were a bird
High, lovely, light
Letter from Paul
Two old men--
Paul, hello
So this was I
Am I real way out in space
On a row of cabins/next my home
In moonlight lies
The cabin door flew open
The elegant office girl
When brown folk lived a distance
For Paul and Other Poems
For Paul
What bird would light
Nearly landless and on the way to water
Understand me, dead is nothing
How bright you'll find young people
If he is of constant depth
The young ones go away to school
Some have chimes
O Tannenbaum
In the great snowfall before the bomb
Not all that's heard is music. We leave
Tell me a story about the war
Laval, Pomeret, Petain
Thure Kumlien
Shut up in woods
Your father to me in your eighth summer
To Paul now old enough to read
What horror to awake at night
Sorrow moves in wide waves
Jesse James and his brother Frank
May you have lumps in your mashed potatoes
Old Mother turns blue and from us
I hear the weather
Can knowledge be conveyed that isn't felt?
Ten o'clock
Adirondack Summer
The slip of a girl-announcer
Now go to the party
Dear Paul
My father said "I remember
You know, he said, they used to make
He built four houses
In Europe they grow a new bean while here
Paul/when the leaves
I've been away from poetry
I am sick with the Time's buying sickness
The death of my poor father
To Aeneas who closed his piano
My friend the black and white collie
"Oh ivy green
As I shook the dust
They live a cool distance
Violin Debut
Other Poems
Horse, hello
Energy glows at the lips--
Hi, Hot-and-Humid
Woman in middle life
We physicians watch the juices rise
European Travel/(Nazi New Order)
Depression years
So you're married, young man
She grew where every spring
I sit in my own house
On bearing/the wood pewee
Along the river
He moved in light
Keen and lovely man moved as in a dance
He lived--childhood summers
I rose from marsh mud
Dear Mona, Mary and all
Don't tell me property is sacred!
February almost March bites the cold
People, people--
July, waxwings
Old man who seined
Mother is dead
The graves
Happy New Year
Linnaeus in Lapland
Fog-thick morning--
Musical Toys
I fear this war
Van Gogh could see
No matter where you are
How white the gulls
Springtime's wide
Beautiful girl--
My friend tree
In Leonardo's light
You are my friend--
Come In
The men leave the car
The wild and wavy event
My life is hung up
Get a load
Poet's work
Property is poverty--
Now in one year
Club 26
To foreclose
To my small/electric pump
T. E. Lawrence
As I paint the street
Art Center
Homemade/Handmade Poems
Consider at the outset
Ah your face
Alcoholic dream
To my pres-/sure pump
Something in the water
If only my friend
Frog noise/suddenly stops
In the transcendence
To whom
Margaret Fuller
Watching dan-/cers on skates
Hospital Kitchen
Chicory flower/on campus
Fall ("Early morning corn")
Letter from Ian
Some float off on chocolate bars
I knew a clean man
So he said/on radio
I visit/the graves
For best work
The obliteration
The park/"a darling walk/for the mind"
Who was Mary Shelley?
Wild strawberries
Last night the trash barrel
The boy tossed the news
Popcorn-can cover
Lights, lifts
O late fall
Churchill's Death
The Badlands
A student
Bird singing
Easter Greeting
City Talk
As praiseworthy
They've lost their leaves
My mother saw the green tree toad
Autumn Night
Nothing to speak of
I lost you to water, summer
I married
You see here
Your erudition
Why can't I be happy
And what you liked
Cleaned all surfaces
Young in Fall I said: the birds
North Central
Lake Superior
In every part of every living thing
Iron the common element of earth
(The long/canoes)
Through all this granite land
And at the blue ice superior spot
Ruby of corundum
Wild Pigeon
Schoolcraft left the Soo--canoes
Inland then
The smooth black stone
I'm sorry to have missed
My Life by Water
Traces of Living Things
Far reach
We are what the seas
What cause have you
The eye
For best work
Fall ("We must pull")
Unsurpassed in beauty
Human bean
High class human
Ah your face
Sewing a dress
I walked/on New Year's Day
J.F. Kennedy after/the Bay of Pigs
Wintergreen Ridge
Paean to Place
The man of law
Not all harsh sounds displease--
Jefferson and Adams
Katharine Anne
Harpsichord & Salt Fish
Thomas Jefferson
The Ballad of Basil
Nursery Rhyme
Three Americans
Poems at the Porthole
Blue and white
The soil is poor
Wallace Stevens
Sleep's dream
Waded, watched, warbled
Illustrated night clock's
Thomas Jefferson Inside
His Carpets Flowered
Prose and Radio Plays
Switchboard Girl
The evening's automobiles ...
As I Lay Dying
from Taste and Tenderness
Notes and Contents Lists
Contents Lists That Differ from Order in This Volume
Index of Titles or First Lines
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