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On June 12 we posted an updated 2014 Lorine Niedecker WI Poetry Festival schedule. View it here. We now also have our list of presenters.

The next meeting of the Solitary Plovers will take place on Saturday, August 23 from 1:45 to 3 pm in the Friends Room at the Dwight Foster Public Library. Chuck Stebelton will be leading the discussion focusing on "City Talk" and other Milwaukee poems.

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.



Lorine in Milwaukee 1964
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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.




Hi, Hot-and-Humid

That June she's a lush

Marshmushing, frog bickering
moon pooling, green gripping

keep cool


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