Foreclosure

By Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970 Lorine Niedecker
Tell em to take my bare walls down
my cement abutments
their parties thereof
and clause of claws

Leave me the land
Scratch out: the land

May prose and property both die out
and leave me peace

Lorine Niedecker, "Foreclosure" 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 Home Life

 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 Home Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

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