By Lorine Niedecker
"The Brontës had their moors, i've got my marshes," Lorine Niedecker wrote of flood-prone Black Hawk Island in Wisconsin, the place she lived so much of her existence. Her lifestyles by way of water, as she known as it, couldn't were additional faraway from the avant-garde poetry scene the place she additionally made a house. Niedecker is without doubt one of the most vital poets of her iteration and an important member of the Objectivist circle. Her paintings attracted excessive compliment from her peers--Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Cid Corman, Clayton Eshleman--with whom she exchanged life-sustaining letters. Niedecker was once additionally a huge lady poet who interrogated problems with gender, domesticity, paintings, marriage, and sexual politics lengthy prior to the trendy feminist circulation. Her marginal prestige, either geographically and as a girl, interprets right into a significant poetry.
Niedecker''s lyric voice is among the such a lot sophisticated and sensuous of the 20 th century. Her ear is consistently alive to sounds of nature, oddities of vernacular speech, textures of vowels and consonants. usually in comparison to Emily Dickinson, Niedecker writes a poetry of wit and emotion, cosmopolitan experimentation and down-home American speech.
This much-anticipated quantity offers all of Niedecker''s surviving poetry, performs, and artistic prose within the series in their composition. It contains many poems formerly unpublished in e-book shape plus all of Niedecker''s surviving Nineteen Thirties surrealist paintings and her 1936-46 folks poetry, bringing to mild the formative experimental levels of her early profession. With an advent that provides an account of the poet''s existence and notes that supply exact textual details, this e-book often is the definitive reader''s and scholar''s variation of Niedecker''s paintings.
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My family in Dublin believe that I enriched myself in Switzerland during the war by espionage work for one or both combatants. . that I am a cocaine victim. . In America there appear to be or have been two versions: one that I was almost blind, emaciated and consumptive, the other that I am an austere mixture of the Dalai Lama and sir Rabindranath Tagore. Mr [Wyndham] Lewis told me he was told I was a crazy fellow who always carried four watches and rarely spoke except to ask my neighbour what 46 JOYCE AND THE G-MEN o’clock it was.
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Collected Works by Lorine Niedecker