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Old 10-25-2006, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default E. E. Cummings is God.

<u>Poem, Or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal</u>


take it from me kiddo
believe me
my country, 'tis of

you, land of the Cluett
Shirt Boston Garter and Spearmint
Girl With The Wrigley Eyes (of you
land of the Arrow Ide
and Earl &
Wilson
Collars) of you i
sing:land of Abraham Lincoln and Lydia E. Pinkham,
land above all of Just Add Hot Water And Serve--
from every B. V. D.

let freedom ring

amen. i do however protest, anent the un
-spontaneous and otherwise scented merde which
greets one (Everywhere Why) as divine poesy per
that and this radically defunct periodical. i would

suggest that certain ideas gestures
rhymes, like Gillette Razor Blades
having been used and reused
to the mystical moment of dullness emphatically are
Not To Be Resharpened. (Case in point

if we are to believe these gently O sweetly
melancholy trillers amid the thrillers
these crepuscular violinists among my and your
skyscrapers-- Helen & Cleopatra were Just Too Lovely,
The Snail's On The Thorn enter Morn and God's
In His andsoforth

do you get me?) according
to such supposedly indigenous
throstles Art is O World O Life
a formula: example, Turn Your Shirttails Into
Drawers and If It Isn't An Eastman It Isn't A
Kodak therefore my friends let
us now sing each and all fortissimo A-
mer
i

ca, I
love,
You. And there're a
hun-dred-mil-lion-oth-ers, like
all of you successfully if
delicately gelded (or spaded)
gentlemen (and ladies)-- pretty

littleliverpil-
heated-Nujolneeding-There's-A-Reason
americans (who tensetendoned and with
upward vacant eyes, painfully
perpetually crouched, quivering, upon the
sternly allotted sandpile
--how silently
emit a tiny violetflavoured nuisance: Odor?

ono.
comes out like a ribbon lies flat on the brush
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Old 10-25-2006, 04:38 PM   #2
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The structure is a lot like a modern spam message.
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:25 PM   #3
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I'm sorry, but all that makes me think of is one of those horrible, shitty goth "poem" pages on Geocities. Done by a 14 year old kid on a bad Robitussin trip.

Unnessesary line breaks != poetry. And the only person to ever spout gibberish words and actually have it work well was Lewis Carroll.

(Can you tell I've always hated E. E. Cummings with a passion? I wanted to throttle my 11th grade teacher for making me write an essay on the hack bastard.)
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:14 PM   #4
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Did someone say Robitussin?
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:50 PM   #5
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> Unnessesary line breaks != poetry. And the only person to
> ever spout gibberish words and actually have it work well
> was Lewis Carroll.

Cummings was just as much a visual artist as he was a poet. The structure he assigns to poems is a visual art form. For a better example of this, read Buffalo Bill. Also, there's aren't any gibberish words in there. If you think there are, you need to go back and reread it. He runs words into each other without spaces, but that's to indicate how they're to be read, not gibberish.
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:07 PM   #6
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> Cummings was just as much a visual artist as he was a poet.
> The structure he assigns to poems is a visual art form. For
> a better example of this, read Buffalo Bill.

Hey, Buffalo Bill! What'didja kill? Buffalo Bill!
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:08 PM   #7
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WHOA THIS BASS IS INTENSE
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:16 PM   #8
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> WHOA THIS BASS IS INTENSE

I miss that sig.

The only reason I took it out was because it got moved to YTMNSFW and I figured the disclaimer might scare people away, even though it didn't have anything objectionable in it.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:29 PM   #9
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Old 10-29-2006, 03:29 AM   #10
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> Unnessesary line breaks != poetry. And the only person to
> ever spout gibberish words and actually have it work well
> was Lewis Carroll.

I don't think you "got it". It doesn't seem like gibberish to me, it seems its showing that America itself a disparate conglomeration of assumptions and ideas which could be seen as a structure of gibberish when one looks at it from a perspective outside of the assumptions themselves. It also shows how the ideas flow through the mind in a non-lingual fashion, taking detours. Of course, if your idea of reality is very rigidly based on words, it might be hard to follow. From what I read in the text, I felt a very subtle sense of sarcasm that sort of expresses a sublime sense of "this sucks", while aiming to show that the reason it sucks is related to the way of thinking which would cause someone to say that the poem is gibberish.
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