Monday, October 14, 2013 e. e. cummings

Yesterday was e.e. cumming’s birthday. For years I have used him as an example of a poet who captured images in staccato, some of them reached into me and described perfectly what, mostly, my young self was thinking. i carry your heart is one I have never lost connection with. This blog post from Jama’s Alphabet Soup is a refreshing exploration that includes research that appeals to me, (the lady who likes to research.) happy birthday, cummings!

Jama's Alphabet Soup

“It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.” ~ E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)

It’s his fault I sign my name in lower case. Ever since I first encountered his “little lame balloon man” in high school, Cummings has remained one of my top five favorite poets of all time.

I find it interesting that while he loved to experiment wildly with form, diction and syntax, his subjects were pretty traditional — nature (especially Spring), childhood, and love.  He was such a great champion of individuality, someone who believed poetry was a process rather than a product, and since he was also a painter, it makes perfect sense that he created poems as visual objects on the page. How could I not love such an out and out lyricist who toyed with typography? A playful innovator with a joyous childlike perception, Cummings infused his poetry with his own…

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