Watching dan-/ cers on skates

By Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970 Lorine Niedecker
Ten thousand women
    and I
            the only one
                         in boots

Life’s dance:
      they meet
         he holds her leg

Lorine Niedecker, “Watching dan-/cers on skates” 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 Living, Social Commentaries, Activities, Humor & Satire, Marriage & Companionship, Gender & Sexuality, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Men & Women

 Lorine  Niedecker


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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