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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright (2 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871401835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871401830
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cummings ... at his most unfoolish and poetic best."

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E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
I have had a copy of this book since 1973, when I was a 15 year old studying for my O Level in English Literature. Simply put it is one of the most incredible collections of poetry I have ever had the pleasure to read. Cummings was something of a surrealist in his approach, but his use of language and typography as a part of the form itself makes his love poems, in particular, light up.
Thoroughly recommended to any lover of the avant-garde.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1 6 Oct. 2005
By Mike Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
if poetry were fun

and not crushed

(english classes say

desks should be small

and never written on)

and not cramped

by rules or meter

or other things you can


only talk about

if poems were made

(only as cups are made

to hold water and wine)

only to hold images

and feelings and

the feeling that

things will only end

(when they should)

and if you were meant

to read these

and they

--rustle; quiet; rustle--

to read you

then you

would find this book

(this incomparably beautiful

little book)

and you would a

find a tree


and you would sit down

beneath it

and lock eyes

and be happy
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not up to his own standard. 12 Aug. 2004
By Bentley - Published on
Format: Paperback
This collection utterly brilliant in many ways, but the poems do not contain the same multi-toned language or endless imagery of so many of his earlier ones, or the satirical tone of others.

He does however, explore a wider range of subjects and sentiments.

All in all, it certainly outdoes the later work of authors like Lawrence Ferlinghetti (who is actually still alive), Allen Ginsberg, and WIlliam Wordsworth.
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