[Mr. Van Ess bought 14 washcloths?]

By Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970 Lorine Niedecker
Mr. Van Ess bought 14 washcloths?
Fourteen washrags, Ed Van Ess?
Must be going to give em
to the church, I guess.

He drinks, you know. The day we moved
he came into the kitchen stewed,
mixed things up for my sister Grace—
put the spices in the wrong place.

Lorine Niedecker, “[Mr. Van Ess Bought 14 Washcloths?]” from Collected Works, edited by Jenny Penberthy, Copyright © 2002 Regents of the University of California. Published by University of California Press.

Source: Collected Works (University of California Press, 2004)

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Poet Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

Subjects Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

 Lorine  Niedecker

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Niedecker's verse is praised for its stark, vivid imagery, subtle rhythms, and spare language, which Kenneth Cox described as "whittled clean." Concerned with the distillation of images and thoughts into concise expression, Niedecker described her work as a "condensery," and several critics have compared her poetry to the delicate yet concrete verse of Chinese and Japanese writers. Although Niedecker's long correspondence with

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SUBJECT Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

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