publication . Article . 2012

Lorine Niedecker, Henri Bergson and the Poetics of Temporal Flow

Bazin, Victoria;
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  • Published: 01 Nov 2012 Journal: Journal of American Studies, volume 46, pages 977-996 (issn: 0021-8758, eissn: 1469-5154, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Country: United Kingdom
<jats:p>While Niedecker's “life by water” is the subject of many of her poems, reflecting the experience of living on the flood-prone island of Black Hawk, Wisconsin, the water imagery that saturates many of her poems also becomes a way of reflecting upon time as it is experienced, of consciousness as process, of subjectivity as something pulled along by a temporal stream. The poetics of temporal flow suggests Niedecker's interest in exploring forms of experience that fall outside conscious attention and that point to her affinity with the modernist philosopher of time, Henri Bergson, whose <jats:italic>Creative Evolution</jats:italic> she read in 1955. This pap...
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