Homemade/Handmade Poems by Lorine Niedecker - pt 2

Homemade/Handmade Poems by Lorine Niedecker
(pages 203-207 Collected ed J Penberthy)

Santayana

For heaven's sake, dear Cory,
poetry?--I like somewhat
the putrid Petrarch
and the miserable Milton.
I don't have books,
don't meet important persons
only an occasional stray student
or an old Boston lady.


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If only my friend
would return
and remove teh leaves
[ - - - ] from my eaves
troughs


-


[ - - - - - ] Frog noise
[ - - - - - ] suddenly stops
Listen!
They turned off
their lights


-


In the transcendence
of convalescence
the translation
of Basho


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I lay down
[ - ] with brilliance
I saw a star whistle
[ - ] across the sky
before dropping off


-


To whom
can I leave
[ - ] Audubon's Avocet
[ - ] on green sportsman's cloth
[ - ] wide oak framed
[ - ] above warm polished
[ - ] copper-braced sweet-smelling
[ - ] cedar box
when I must leave
this fly away


-


Margaret Fuller


She carried books
and chrysanthemums
to Boston
into a cold storm


-


Watching dan-
cers on skates


Ten thousand women
[ - ] and I
[ - ] [ - ] the only one
[ - ] [ - ] [ - ] in boots

Life's dance:
[ - ] they meet
[ - ] [ - ] he holds her leg
[ - ] [ - ] [ - ] [ - ] up


-


Hospital Kitchen

Return
the night women's
gravy

to the cleaned
stove


-


Chicory flower
on campus


Open-field
[ - ] blue wheeled
[ - ] [ - ] gone by hot noon

to revolve
[ - ] earth-evolved
[ - ] [ - ] mind city


-


Fall

Early morning corn
shock quick river
edge ice crack duck
talk

Grasses' dry membranous
breaks rick-tack tiny
wind strips


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LZ's

As you know mind
aint what attracts me
nor the wingspread
of Renaissance man

but what was sensed
by them guys
and their minds still carry
the sensing

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