Selected Poems (Paperback)

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From 'somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond' by e.e. cummings: 

"nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility:whose texture compels me with the colour of its countries, rendering death and forever with each breathing...

nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands"

In spite of it all, there is always poetry. Happy National Poetry Month! (let's hope that doesn't get taken away, too)

— From James


"No one else has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive to both the general and the special reader."—Randall Jarrell

The one hundred and fifty-six poems here, arranged in twelve sections and introduced by E. E. Cummings's biographer, Richard S. Kennedy, include his most popular poems, spanning his earliest creations, his vivacious linguistic acrobatics, up to his last valedictory sonnets. Also featured are thirteen drawings, oils, and watercolors by Cummings, most of them never before published.

About the Author

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. He was also a playwright, a painter, and a writer of prose. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he studied at Harvard University and, during World War I, served with an ambulance corps in France. He spent three months in a French detention camp and subsequently wrote The Enormous Room, a highly acclaimed criticism of World War I. After the war, Cummings returned to the States and published his first collection of poetry, Tulips & Chimneys, which was characterized by his innovative style: pushing the boundaries of language and form while discussing love, nature, and war with sensuousness and glee. He spent the rest of his life painting, writing poetry, and enjoying widespread popularity and success.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780871401540
ISBN-10: 0871401541
Publisher: Liveright
Publication Date: August 17th, 2007
Pages: 208
Language: English