In Which We Dip Into the Early 1930s Because Things Were Seriously F’d Up Back When

FOR PAUL

Paul
when the leaves
fall

from their stems
that lie thick
on the walk

in the light
of the full note
the moon

playing
to leaves
when they leave

the little
thin things
Paul

Lorine Niedecker

In 1932 the poet Lorine Niedecker flew to New York. Louis Zukofsky cheated on his wife with her as I recall. She became pregnant, and had an abortion, and left New York. She met Zukofsky’s son, Paul. She wrote an entire book titled “For Paul”, in which this poem is featured.

“Amy Hit the Atmosphere” — Counting Crows

One thought on “In Which We Dip Into the Early 1930s Because Things Were Seriously F’d Up Back When

  1. In 1954 Zukofsky, Celia, and their son Paul visited Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeths mental hospital in Wahington D.C., where on the lawn of the ward Paul played Gerhard Münch’s violin adaptation of Janequin’s Chant des Oiseaux, Pound’s Canto 75.

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