Linnaeus in Lapland

By Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970 Lorine Niedecker
Nothing worth noting
except an Andromeda
with quadrangular shoots—
            the boots
of the people

wet inside: they must swim
to church thru the floods
or be taxed—the blossoms
            from the bosoms
of the leaves


*


Fog-thick morning—
I see only
where I now walk. I carry
            my clarity
with me.


*


Hear
where her snow-grave is
the You
            ah you
of mourning doves

Lorine Niedecker, “Linnaeus in Lapland” 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 Nature, School & Learning, Activities, Travels & Journeys

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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 Nature, School & Learning, Activities, Travels & Journeys

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

Poetic Terms Persona

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