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Friends of Lorine Niedecker is receiving the Christopher Latham Sholes Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writer's on Saturday, May 12. Get details here.

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

We have posted first two monographs of our What Region? series to this site. Click here for Increase Lapham and Lorine Niedecker by Martha Bergland & Paul Hayes. Click here for Lorine Niedecker's Century 1903 - 2003 by Jenny Penberthy.



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Lorine in Milwaukee 1964
Lorine in Milwaukee 1964 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



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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Lake Superior Canada and Minnesota '66

Lake Superior Canada and Minnesota '66