Poet’s work

By Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970 Lorine Niedecker
Grandfather   
   advised me:
         Learn a trade

I learned
   to sit at desk
         and condense

No layoff
   from this
         condensery

Lorine Niedecker, “Poet’s work” 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 Arts & Sciences, Jobs & Working, Activities, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

Poetic Terms Ars Poetica

 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 Arts & Sciences, Jobs & Working, Activities, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

Poetic Terms Ars Poetica

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