Wilderness

By Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970 Lorine Niedecker
You are the man
You are my other country
and I find it hard going

You are the prickly pear
You are the sudden violent storm

the torrent to raise the river
to float the wounded doe

Lorine Niedecker, "Wilderness" from Collected Works. Copyright © 2004 by Lorine Niedecker.  Reprinted by permission of 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 Love, Realistic & Complicated, Relationships, Men & Women

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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 Love, Realistic & Complicated, Relationships, Men & Women

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

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