E.E. Cummings: Poems 1923-1954

Copyright 1954
Checked out 6 times in 13 years (This determined from the first time it was checked out rather than publication date. I’m pretty sure acquisition date and publication date are not the same.
Last checked out 2 years ago

This is an easy review. Keep it. The book is in good condition, and people continue to find Cummings interesting and palatable even when they won’t tolerate other experimental poetry. Though this isn’t titled a complete works, in essence that’s what it holds. There’s tons in this volume to like (and be perplexed over). The following two examples are not quite randomly pulled but are intended merely as easily found examples of both his charm and his trickery.

From his book &, which is included within this volume, an exerpt from “IV”:

if to the colour of midnight
to a more than darkness( which
is myself and Paris and all
things) the bright
rain
occurs deeply, beautifully

And poem “1” from No Thanks in its entirety:

mOOn Over tOwns mOOn
whisper
less creature huge grO
pingness

whO perfectly whO
flOat
newly alOne is
dreamest

oNLY THE MooN o
VER ToWNS
SLoWLY SPRoUTING SPIR
IT

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About jppoetryreader

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