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Celebrate National Poetry Month on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30 pm with a poetry reading at the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson. Get the details.


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 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



For best work
you ought to put forth
       some effort
       to stand
in north woods
among birch


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