2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
May 3, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Horlacher, Vruwink, Rodriguez,
Spreitzer, Berceau, Crowley, Murphy, Pope, Sinicki, Skowronski and
Spiros, cosponsored by Senators Nass, Ringhand and Bewley. Referred to
Committee on Rules.
AJR43,1,2 1Relating to: proclaiming May 12, 2017, as Lorine Niedecker Day in the state of
AJR43,1,43 Whereas, Lorine Niedecker was born May 12, 1903, on Blackhawk Island near
4Fort Atkinson; and
AJR43,1,75 Whereas, Lorine Niedecker's reputation as a major 20th-century poet has
6expanded since her death in 1970 with the publication of her collected works and two
7editions of correspondence; and
AJR43,1,98 Whereas, Lorine Niedecker has been referred to as “The Emily Dickinson of the
9Midwest”; and
AJR43,1,1110 Whereas, Lorine Niedecker is well-known internationally, her poetry
11translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and French; and
AJR43,1,1312 Whereas, her poetry is taught in schools and colleges around the United States;
AJR43,1,1514 Whereas, the Friends of Lorine Niedecker has devoted itself to celebrating her
15life and work; and
1Whereas, the city of Fort Atkinson has embraced Lorine Niedecker with pride,
2supporting the Friends, hosting the annual Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry
3Festival, and showcasing her work with public art installations; and
AJR43,2,64 Whereas, Lorine Niedecker dedicated herself to poetry, becoming especially
5devoted to objectivism in poetry, focusing on an object rather than one's feelings and
6conveying its essence along a musical line; and
AJR43,2,77 Whereas, she began to be published by small presses and little magazines; and
AJR43,2,118 Whereas, during her lifetime she saw only four books of her poetry published
9(New Goose, My Friend Tree, North Central, and T&G) but expanded as a poet,
10writing longer poems like “Wintergreen Ridge” and the autobiographical “Paean to
11Place”; and
AJR43,2,1412 Whereas, she became admired by her poetic peers for the subtlety of her tightly
13crafted, nuanced, and ironic poems, as well as for her total devotion to her calling;
AJR43,2,1615 Whereas, she is perhaps best known as a “poet of place” who wrote about the
16Blackhawk Island that she loved; now, therefore, be it
AJR43,2,19 17Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
18Wisconsin Legislature proclaim May 12, 2017, as Lorine Niedecker Day in the state
19of Wisconsin.
AJR43,2,2020 (End)