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On a sunny Saturday in August, I stood at a one-room cabin near the outskirts of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, thinking about the great American poet Lorine Niedecker. She lived from 1903 to 1970, including many years in this tiny home, which stands on the bank of Rock River as it leads to Lake Koshkonong. She wrote some of the most beautiful American poems of the last century in and about this part of the world. I’ve read and taught and written about them. Yet I hadn’t much thought about the particular spot in which they were made. I made the trip to pay homage, not to change my interpretation of Niedecker’s poetry—or Niedecker’s place in American literature. And then, there on the riverbank, I did.
Phillips, Siobhan. "Paying Homage to a Great American Poet: While Henry David Thoreau Preached Simplicity, Lorine Niedecker Simply Lived It." Zócalo Public Square (Article published online October 20, 2015). http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2015/10/20/paying-homage-to-a-great-american-poet/ideas/nexus/