[I rose from marsh mud]

By Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970 Lorine Niedecker
I rose from marsh mud,
algae, equisetum, willows,
sweet green, noisy
birds and frogs

to see her wed in the rich
rich silence of the church,
the little white slave-girl
in her diamond fronds.

In aisle and arch
the satin secret collects.
United for life to serve
silver. Possessed.

Lorine Niedecker, “[I rose from the marsh mud]” from Collected Works. Copyright © 2004 by Lorine Niedecker. Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

Source: Collected Works (University of California Press, 2002)

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Poet Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Religion, The Spiritual, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

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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 Living, Marriage & Companionship, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Religion, The Spiritual, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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