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 such a lot of her existence. Her existence through water, as she known as it, couldn't were extra faraway from the avant-garde poetry scene the place she additionally made a house. Niedecker is likely one of the most crucial 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 an important lady poet who interrogated problems with gender, domesticity, paintings, marriage, and sexual politics lengthy sooner than the trendy feminist circulate. Her marginal prestige, either geographically and as a girl, interprets right into a significant poetry.

Niedecker''s lyric voice is without doubt one of the so much sophisticated and sensuous of the 20th century. Her ear is continually 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 It contains many poems formerly unpublished in booklet shape plus all of Niedecker''s surviving Nineteen Thirties surrealist paintings and her 1936-46 folks poetry, bringing to gentle the formative experimental stages of her early profession. With an creation that provides an account of the poet''s existence and notes that offer special textual details, this publication may be the definitive reader''s and scholar''s version of Niedecker''s paintings.

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But we, we diminish in strength, like swimmers.

Die Erde ist wie ein Kind, das Gedichte weiss; viele, o viele . . Fur die Beschwerde langen Lernens bekommt sie den Preis. Streng war ihr Lehrer. Wir mochten das Weisse an dem Barte des alten Manns. Nun, wie das Griine, das Blaue heisse, diirfen wir fragen: sie kanns, sie kanns! Erde, die frei hat, du gliickliche, spiele nun mit den Kindern. Wir wollen dich fangen, frohliche Erde. Dem Frohsten gelingts. O, was der Lehrer sie lehrte, das Viele, und was gedruckt steht in Wurzeln und langen schwierigen Stammen: sie singts, sie singts!

Die Erde ist wie ein Kind, das Gedichte weiss; viele, o viele . . Fur die Beschwerde langen Lernens bekommt sie den Preis. Streng war ihr Lehrer. Wir mochten das Weisse an dem Barte des alten Manns. Nun, wie das Griine, das Blaue heisse, diirfen wir fragen: sie kanns, sie kanns! Erde, die frei hat, du gliickliche, spiele nun mit den Kindern. Wir wollen dich fangen, frohliche Erde. Dem Frohsten gelingts. O, was der Lehrer sie lehrte, das Viele, und was gedruckt steht in Wurzeln und langen schwierigen Stammen: sie singts, sie singts!

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