Sunday, 24 April 2016

Lorine Niedecker: Two poems



A Monster Owl

A monster owl
out on the fence
flew away. What
is it the sign
of? The sign of
an owl.

Easter

A robin stood by my porch
        and side-eyed
                raised up
                       a worm


Niedecker's condensing flirts with whimsy - the avoidance of development can be both strength and weakness. Still, A Monster Owl is an advisory to be placed at the head of any collection of animal poems. Easter is a very clever one-liner, so to speak.