By cccook

73 minutes – TRT


Poetry, Letters and Quotes: Lorine Niedecker

Appropriate Audiences: Artists, Media Artists, Poets & Writers, Nature enthusiasts, Women Studies and Literary enthusiasts, Mid-Westerners.


IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker

IMMORTAL CUPBOARD is an artistic interpretation and film essay on Lorine Niedecker’s life and poetry.

Living for years in the solitude of rural Wisconsin, Niedecker (1903-1970), chose what many might see as a lonely path. But out of her very deliberate and austere lifestyle came a poetics of observation so acute that some literary critics have described her as the 20th century’s Emily Dickinson.

Taking cues from Niedecker’s work and the Wisconsin heritage they share, experimental filmmaker Cathy Cook combines original live-action footage, animation, archival images and the poet’s only audio interview to unfurl the poet’s psychological and physical landscape. Through a repetition of images, text and sounds that mirror Niedecker’s own processes and forms, Cook gives new voice and visibility to the extraordinary works of this very private poet. Niedecker’s ruminations on nature, ecology, gender, domesticity, work, family and social politics find new life in the sensitive cinematic interpretations of fellow artist, Cathy Cook, whose own critical and original aesthetics constitute a broad and refreshing challenge to the conventions of both documentary film and the cine-biography. Niedecker and Cook meet up on a path not taken and IMMORTAL CUPBOARD is Cook’s report back from way down that path.



Poem by Lorine Niedecker from the film IMMORTAL CUPBOARD


2 Responses to “Film Excerpt”

  1. 2 Angela Choberka
    09/19/2010 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Cathy – This looks great. Can I still order a copy?


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