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Jenny Penberthy, editor of "Collected Works" will be speaking at 4 pm Monday Sept 10 in the World Affairs Center (South Lounge) at Beloit College. Penberthy will discuss new discoveries she has made in the archives and in the classroom and outline a planned trip around Lake Superior in Lorine's footsteps.

2018 Lorine Niedecker WI Poetry Festival information has now been posted. View the details here.

The Summer 2018 issue of The Solitary Plover has been posted. View it here.

A new Middle School Study Unit has been posted to our education page.



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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. more


Poems and archive materials on this site used    by permission of Lorine Niedecker's literary executor:

Bob Arnold
Longhouse, publishers & booksellers
P.O. Box 2454
West Brattleboro, Vermont 05303
email: poetry@sover.net



Not all harsh sounds displease—
Yellowhead blackbirds cough
            through reeds and fronds
as through pronged bronze


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