Lorine Niedecker was born on Black Hawk Island in southern Wisconsin in 1903, and spent most of her life in this remote part of the country. As a writer she was associated with the Objectivists, and became one of the most significant American poets of the twentieth century. Her work is characterised by precise, distilled imagery, which she described as "condensery".
'Paean to Place' is one of Niedecker's best-known poems, and concerns the landscape of her childhood on Black Hawk Island. You can read the full poem by clicking here, or you can view a handwritten facsimile, laid out as Niedecker originally intended, by clicking on the opening lines below.