The great e.e.

Every once in a while, I am knocked over by poetry. Sometimes it is just the right moment, just the right light, just the right poem to make me swoon. If you’ve been reading this blog you know that I love poetry, especially E.E. Cummings. Yesterday, reading his poetry at lunch, I fell in love again and felt so thankful that he lived and he wrote the poems he did. Here is a poem I discovered:


a white idea(Listen

drenches:earth’s ugly)mind.
,Rinsing with exact death

the annual brain
clotted with loosely voices
look. Skillfully

.fingered by(a parenthesis
the)pond on whoseswooning edge

black trees think

(hear little knives of flower
stropping sof a. Thick silence)


tiny,angels sharpen:themselves

don’t speak
A white idea,

drenching. earth’s brain detaches
clottingsand from a a nnual(ugliness
of)rinsed mind slowly:

from!the:A wending putrescence. a.of,loosely


There are so many words and ideas I love in this poem, I wouldn’t know where to start (although I do regret that I wasn’t able to duplicate all of the spacing in the poem through my blog text program).

E.E. Cummings can be a challenge to read because he throws out punctuation and pushes words together, messing with normal sentence structure. But if you can let go of normalcy, you can see where he is truly golden: I feel like he gets to the deepest truths because he goes beyond sense.



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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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