“Lorine the Librarian”

by Colette Hayes

“Lorine the Librarian” — such was the title of one of the thousands of threads in the MODPO MOOC class I’m scrambling to keep up with. I had no idea Lorine Niedecker was a library assistant for a couple of years up in rural Wisconsin, right before the Depression hit and she was laid off. (photo above from: http://jacketmagazine.com/18/penb-nied.html)

Here’s one of the poems we read of hers:

Grandfather
   advised me:
      Learn a trade

I learned
   to sit at desk
      and condense

No layoffs
   from this
      condensery

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