i thank You God for most this amazing by e e cummings



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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Two years ago, I wrote this. I liked the beginning of the essay, I loved the title… but I had no idea how to finish it. After two years of thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I needed to display a lot more gratitude.

    Thanks. To all of you and everyone and everything, I suppose.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Reading e e cummings in your 20s and reading him in your 40s are completely different experiences.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Definitely. Someone (I don’t remember who) bought me his complete works when I was in my teens, and I loved it, but mostly because it was so different. It wasn’t until I started going through it again about 15 years later that I realized it was actually really good.Report

  2. Avatar James Hanley says:

    My favorite poet.Report

    • Avatar Boegiboe says:

      Mine, too. Jason read “love’s function is to fabricate unknownness” from my book at our wedding.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      I’m not sure he’s my favorite, but he’s definitely one of my favorites. There is no cummings without Whitman, and it’s hard for me to read Whitman and not think, “Damn, this is pretty much as good as free verse can possibly be.”

      Cummings, when he’s at his most whimsical, playing with indentation and punctuation, having an entire line that is just an end parentheses, is pretty damn fun though.Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever read him. In one of those bizarre ironies, I was just reading about him yesterday for my book project and then read this. Clearly means I should read him.Report

  4. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    anyone lived in a pretty how town
    with up so many floating bells down

    I loved that.Report

  5. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Am I the only one who finds the picture of the tombstone ironic?Report

  6. Avatar Zane says:

    I’ve always liked e e cummings and Emily Dickinson, I respect Whitman, and I was amazed by Ginsberg’s “Howl” when I first read it in my late 30s.

    But I’ve never enjoyed poetry beyond those poets. I don’t know why. They’re all Americans, I don’t know if that has anything to do with it–different styles? There are plenty of American poets who leave me cold, though.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      I’m sure that there are at least three of us who have started a “howl for ordinary gentlemen” in a text file that now sits abandoned waiting for us to get drunk enough to try again.

      “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by libertarianism”Report