Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although known primarily for her poetry, Lorine Niedecker (NEE-deh-kur) also wrote radio plays, creative prose, and reviews. “As I Lay Dying” condenses and adapts William Faulkner’s novel of the same title, and “Taste and Tenderness” centers on William James, Henry James, and Alice James. “Uncle,” “Untitled,” and “Switchboard Girl,” local-color sketches, provide insight into Niedecker’s family background, work experiences, and philosophy, and her reviews of the poetry of Louis Zukofsky and Cid Corman reveal Niedecker’s poetics. Of her letters, which Zukofsky early praised as her best writing, her ten-year correspondence with Corman has been published, and her thirty-year correspondence with Zukofsky is stored at the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin.