|Swallows on Pryor Creek. Photo by Will Woolston. (201)|
This is the Objectivist Creed as it appears in Lorine Niedecker
- clarity of image and word-tone
- thinking with things as they exist, and directing them along a line of melody
- economy of presentation
- the poetic rendering of current speech.
She loved birds.
She lived in a swamp, or good as.
She was sharply opposed to capitalism and the accumulation of wealth.
She was interested in mental processes, especially the nature of memory.
Here is a sample of her work in which she considers the work of other poets:
If I were a bird
I’d be a dainty contained cool
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University of Wisconsin Press
on a morning shore—
I’d flitter and feed and delouse myself
close to Williams’ house
and his kind eyes
I’d be a never-museumed tinted glass
breakable from the shelves of Marianne Moore.
On Stevens’ fictive sibilant hibiscus flower
I’d poise myself, a cuckoo, flamingo-pink.
I’d plunge the depths with Zukofsky
and all that means—stirred earth,
cut sky, organ-sounding, resounding
Cummings irony, a little drunk dead sober.
Man, that walk down the beach!
I’d sit on a quiet fence
and sing a quiet thing: sincere, sincere.
And that would be Reznikoff.
Today is Poetry Friday @ A Wrung Sponge Andromeda Jazmon is hosting.