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Registration is now open for the 2014 Lorine Niedecker WI Poetry Festival.

Email contact@lorineniedecker.org to register for the Blackhawk Island Writer's Workshop and/or the Saturday box lunch. View the schedule here and our list of presenters here.

The Summer issue of the Solitary Plover is now available here.

Margot Peters biography of Lorine, "Lorine Niedecker: a Poet's Life" is available here.

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The 2014 Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival is scheduled for October 10 & 11. View the schedule of events here.



Photo of Blackhawk Island Road on the way to Lorine's house.
Photo of Blackhawk Island Road on the way to Lorine's house. more photos

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.




What horror to awake at night
and in the dimness see the light.
        Time is white
        mosquitoes bite
I’ve spent my life on nothing.


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