The Felix Series of New Writing is hosting a poetry reading by Elizabeth Willis in Madison, WI on Thursday, December 4, at 8:00 pm. She will also be in town for an informal conversation about her scholarly work on Friday, December 5 (details TBA). Willis is the editor of Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place. More info is available here.
Margot Peters biography of Lorine, "Lorine Niedecker: a Poet's Life" is available here.
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.
That June she's a lush
Marshmushing, frog bickering
moon pooling, green gripping