|A proof copy of That Woman|
The other day the mail brought me a surprise: a slim chapbook of poems by the venerable Tom Montag entitled That Woman. The dedication says it all:
Each of these 13 poems is small in the same way that Niedecker’s poems are small: few words opening onto vistas of feeling and insight. They are aphoristic and imagistic by turns, and all inspired by Niedecker’s presence—written in response to walking with her, engaging her in conversation. Anyone who knows Niedecker’s poetry has experienced this sense of quiet intimacy. Here’s an example:
What she saw
If I could half-
nothing I need,
agree with me?
The tantalizing ambiguities here are typical of Montag’s poems, as they are of Niedecker’s. That is, the two poets make something close to a perfect match.
I should add that this chapbook is part of a fundraising effort by the Friends of Lorine Niedecker, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Niedecker’s poetic legacy. You can get your own copy for a mere $5. Send a check made out to Friends of Lorine Niedecker and mail it to: