poetry town

October 23, 2014

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Thirty-some miles southeast of Madison, Wisconsin, the town of Fort Atkinson (pop. 12,482 in 2013) might not be top-of-mind when one thinks of poetry. But it was the long-time home of Objectivist poet Lorine Neidecker and the community continues to celebrate the poet and her words.

In addition to the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival each October, an excerpt from her poem Paean to Place colorfully enlivens the wall of a downtown building, painted by artist Jeremy Pinc. To further awareness of the poet’s work, a series of installations at local schools will involve classroom study, field trips and student participation in the execution of the artwork. The first one was unveiled this month above the entry doors to Fort Atkinson High School: a student-created stained glass excerpt from Niedecker’s poem TV.

Read about and see photos of the school project and read more about Lorine Niedecker.

Here’s a later addition to this post, an article about the dedication of the poetry window in the Daily Union.

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