Rich Engle Posted March 23, 2009 Share Posted March 23, 2009 There are, at least to my knowledge, two versions of this book of Cummings; I prefer the latter, though both are quite good. It was edited by George James Firmage and Richard S. Kennedy.This collection represents "pulled" poems from various private libraries, academic institutions, and such. They chose to represent carefully.I particularly like the love poems. Also, there is a section exploring his work in around the 1917-and-forward era where he was experimenting with how type sits on paper; this is more difficult to digest, but I do believe that, mainly, he achieved his goal.I believe these are mostly available on web, so I do not hesitate to give example. It is simply beautiful work. I like many, but I will pick one for example:____From E.E. Cummings EtceteraThe Unpublished Poems(most recent copyright: Richard Kennedy,1983: Liveright Publishing Corporationwww.wwnorton.comLondonmy youthful lady will have no other loversyet none with hearts more motionless than iwhen to my lust she plesantly uncoversthe thrilling hunger of her possible body.Noone can be whose arms more hugely crywhose lips more singularly starve to press her--noone shall ever do unto my ladywhat my blood does, when i hold and kiss her(or if sometime she nakedly inviteme all her nakedness deeply to winher flesh is like all the 'cellos of nightagainst the morning's single violin)more far a thing than ships or flowers tell us,her kiss furiously me understandslike a bright forest of fleet and huge trees--then what if she shall have an hundred fellows?she will remember,as I think, my hands(it were not well to be in this thing jealous.)My youthful lust will have no further ladies. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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