IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker

IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker

In this unconventional documentary, filmmaker Cathy Cook takes cues from Niedecker’s work and the Wisconsin heritage they share to explore the poetry and life of Lorine Niedecker (1903 – 1970). The poetry and film subjects included are: nature, history, ecology, gender, domesticity, work, culture, family and social politics. Cook gives new voice and visibility to the extraordinary works of this very private poet that some literary critics have described as the 20th century’s Emily Dickinson.

Poetry, Letters & Quotes:
Lorine Faith Niedecker (May 12th, 1903 – December 31st, 1970)
Director, Editor & Cinematographer: Cathy Cook
Nature Recordings & Audio Collage: Paul Dickinson
“Someday” Song & Music by: Jen Benka & Bill Dempsey
Contributing Composers & Musicians: Tom Goldstein, Patrick Hardish & Christian Woolf
Visual Collaborators & Contributors: J. Shimon & J. Lindemann
Assistant Editorial Director: Stefanie Koseff

17 Responses to “IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker”

  1. 1 Anne Lundin
    07/19/2009 at 7:12 am

    Bravo! What an exquisite film! I am so struck by its beauty, the way you conveyed her poetry as an in-dwelling of place. I now want to read this marvelous poet whose work I didn’t know at all, despite my love for Emily Dickinson. I do see some connections there in the way they relate to poetry, their raw need and their comfort with words, their own unique use of language. I want to see the film again the morning after viewing it on PBS last night. I look forward to purchasing a copy so I can return. Thank you for this enormous gift.
    Anne Lundin

    • 12/08/2010 at 5:58 pm

      Lorine has a new Web site that is just awesome. Many of the artifacts and papers have been digitized and are available. AND, this blog is in the CURRENT section, top of the Home Page. All Niedecker fans should see this film. . .so hope that helps.
      Twitter your Niedecker fan friends. . . .Ann

  2. 3 Diane Judson
    07/20/2009 at 6:33 pm

    Recently saw your film and it was a beauty! Also, enjoyed the interview on the Director’s Cut, WPB TV. Her poetry is profound and you were able to capture so much of the essence of her life that created her poetry. Thank you.

  3. 09/06/2009 at 4:41 pm

    Tnx for nice blog. It’s really interesting, I’m continue to read your blog and waitning for your next posts =).

  4. 09/18/2009 at 4:36 pm

    Great site…keep up the good work.

  5. 7 Walt
    09/21/2009 at 10:37 pm


    Beautiful job at GMU tonight.

    walt – the driver

  6. 8 MB
    10/05/2009 at 9:39 pm

    Is there a way to order this film?

  7. 12/04/2009 at 12:33 pm

    Cathy, still meditate on the images from your film. Will order a couple as Christmas gifts.
    Finished up the chap books from the Blackhawk Island workshop and will show you that when you visit next. Snow today so BHI is lovely. Getting ready to pack up the library collection. The expansion project begins in March. Hope you and Sprokett will bounce through snow soon!

    Popcorn-can cover
    screwwed to the wall
    over a hole
    so the cold
    can’t mouse in

  8. 01/02/2010 at 4:01 am

    Interesting affair, I did not thought reading it would be so amazing when I read the title with link!

  9. 01/29/2010 at 11:44 am

    Hello there, and cheers from Poland 😉

  10. 12 Jim Schmoldt
    05/18/2010 at 1:03 pm

    Saw this movie on PBS a few months ago and was totally blown away! Where can I buy it? Tried Amazon and it’s listed, but is ‘not available’.

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