People have described Lorine Niedecker as a “poet of place” because her poetry was so intricately linked with her environment and experiences. She lived on nearby Blackhawk Island, a flood-prone peninsula jutting into Lake Koshkonong, where the Rock River flows into the lake, just west of Fort Atkinson.
Her precise and spare use of words in the Objectivist style of poetry have led to her comparison with Emily Dickinson. Some scholars believe that later in life, Niedecker demonstrated a greater range in her work.
Visit the room devoted to Lorine on the second floor of the Frank and Luella Hoard House at the Hoard Historical Museum. Learn why Niedecker’s international reputation continues to grow and why her poetry is now ranked among the finest of the twentieth century.
Afterwards, visit nearby Blackhawk Island where historical markers identify her cabin and her cottage. But before you leave the museum, check out our bookshop for Niedecker’s poetry and biography. Consider purchasing a copy of the new film by Cathy Cook, Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker. This film is an artistic interpretation and film essay of Niedecker’s life and poetry.