The Granite Pail: Selected Poems

The Granite Pail: Selected Poems

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Author: Lorine Niedecker

Editor: Cid Corman

Publisher: Gnomon Press (1996)

The section headings in this book of poems are all vintage Niedecker, but they stake out the poems in three large masses. The earlier work-apprentice to Zukofsky but finding her voice; the central work—when she discovers her range and depth; the final work—much of it known posthumously—showing how she was probing other voices into a larger plenum.

"One's first impulse, after awe, on reading The Granite Pail is a double dose of shame: shame at not being more familiar with her work; shame at ever having complained of the narrowness of one's life."

–Carolyn Kizer