e. e. cummings

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Oil Painting by e e cummings

i go to this window

just as day dissolves
when it is twilight(and
looking up in fear

i see the new moon
thinner than a hair)

making me feel
how myself has been coarse and dull
compared with you, silently who are
and cling
to my mind always

But now she sharpens and becomes crisper
until i smile with knowing
-and all about
herself

the sprouting largest final air

plunges
inward with hurled
downward thousands of enormous dreams

Edward Estlin Cummings

(In Paris Cummings met the poets Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, and Archibald MacLeish. His friends also included the philosopher A.J. Ayer, who had a short affair with his wife, Marion Morehouse. She was twelve years Cummings’s junior, a former Ziegfield showgirl and one of the leading models of the age. Cummings’s friendship with Ayer lasted over twenty-five years. Once Cummings took Ayer to see the legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. “You walk on tightropes as if they lay on the ground,” Cummings wrote in a birthday poem to Ayer, “and always, bird eyed, notice more than we notice you notice”.)

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