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My Life by Water

Sep. 27, 2009
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My life
    by water --
       Hear

spring’s
     first frog
         or board

out on the cold
    ground
        giving

Muskrats
     gnawing
         doors

no wild green
      arts and letters
          Rabbits

raided
     my lettuce
        One boat

two --
   pointed toward
        my shore

thru birdstart
    wingdrip
        weed-drift

of the soft
     and serious --
         Water




 Lorine Faith Niedecker (1903-1970) was born and lived most of her life on Blackhawk Island, on the banks of the Rock River near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. A "poet" of place," her poems celebrate her surroundings and rank among the 20th century's finest.  The Lorine Niedecker Festival will be held in Fort Atkinson on October 3 and 4.  See for the full schedule of events.

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