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Friday, November 12, 2004

Lorine Faith Niedecker

Lorine Niedecker is a poet from the Fort Atkinson area of Wisconsin. My wife and I saw a short filler piece on PBS with one of her poems being read. Beautiful poetry like the one below:

I rose from marsh mud

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 stain secret collects.
United for life to serve
silver. Possessed.

this poem is from the Modern American Poetry website

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