Marjorie Perloff: On "Paean to Place"
…How good, after all, do the men have it? In one of her late sequences, "Paean to Place," Niedecker imaginatively re-creates her father’s state of mind in the long years of her mother’s illness:
[Perloff cites lines beginning "Anchored here" and ending "of her hair"]
Like the poet, who must "log - in the cupboard, head / in closet," her father is imaged as "anchored," "Roped … in the loop / of [his wife’s] hair," the rope metaphor suggesting that one’s noose is the product, not of external force, but of love itself – in this case, the sexual loop of a woman’s hair, a loop all the more mysterious in that it remains outside the man who sits "beside his shoes."
|Title||Marjorie Perloff: On "Paean to Place"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Marjorie Perloff||Criticism Target||Lorine Niedecker|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||27 May 2020|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||"Canon and Loaded Gun"|
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