From This Condensery
: The Complete Writing of Lorine Niedecker, edited by Robert Bertholf.
Grandfather advised me: Learn a trade I learned to sit at a desk and condense No layoff from this condensery
("Poet's Work," 194) A woman whose financial realities were increasingly precarious as she continually changed jobs throughout the Depression, she nonetheless affirms the "lasting" work of poetry, albeit in the idiom her neighbors on Black Hawk would recognize.
(25) Lorine Niedecker, From This Condensery
: The Complete Writing of Lorine Niedecker, Robert J.
Lorine Niedecker, a hero of mine, called her work, her poetry, "Condensery
." I've always loved the term, and used it for years, back when I was teaching, to help define poetry for my students--this was in the days when the difference between poetry and prose was a hot topic.
In 1872 Anglo-Swiss opened its first foreign condensery
in Chippenham, near Bath.
The edited texts in From This Condensery
: The Complete Writings of Lorine Niedecker (1985) are not wholly reliable.
(3.) Lorine Niedecker, From This Condensery
: The Complete Writing of Lorine Niedecker (Highlands, N.C.: Jargon Society, 1985).