“A monster owl”

By Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970 Lorine Niedecker
A monster owl
out on the fence
flew away. What
is it the sign
of? The sign of
an owl.

NOTES: This poem originally appeared in "Poetry Not Written for Children that Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy," by Lemony Snicket.

“A Monster Owl” is reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

Source: Poetry (September 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2013
 Lorine  Niedecker

Biography

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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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Objectivist

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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