4. Lorine Niedecker, "Grandfather advised me"

Lorine Niedecker was tough and independent. She spent a good part of her life living on her own in rural Wisconsin. In this poem the speaker responds to her grandfather's advice that she learn a skill or "trade," because, presumably, that's the only way one can get and have a good job. Lorine, poet to the end, has a different idea of vocation.

1. read the poem: link to text
2. watch a 14-minute discussion of the poem: link to video

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