A new book Lake Superior - Lorine Niedecker's Poem and Journal Along with Other Sources, Documents and Readings, has been published by Wave Books. It is a compilation of the poem, Lorine's research notes, three of her letters to Cid Corman and other relevant writings that support understanding the poem.
Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970) is a twentieth-century, second-wave, Modern American poet often identified with the Objectivists. Living most of her life on the shores of the Rock River near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, she is perhaps best known as a poet of place who wrote about the Blackhawk Island that she loved. Her work, however, ranges from modernist folk poetry (NEW GOOSE, 1946) to haiku-like forms to long poems like "Lake Superior" and "Wintergreen Ridge" (NORTH CENTRAL, 1968). She is admired for the subtlety of her tightly crafted, nuanced and deliciously ironic poems, as well as for her total devotion to her calling.
I see only
where I now walk. I carry
Lake Superior Canada and Minnesota '66