Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Self-portrait with sketchpad, 1939, oil on canvas

love our so right
is , all (each thing
most lovely) sweet
things cannot spring
but we be they'll

some or if where
shall breathe a new
(silvery rare
goldenly so)
moon, she is you

nothing may, quite
your my (my your
and) self without,
completely dare
be beautiful

one if should sing
(at yes of day)
younger than young
bird first for joy,
he's  i  he's  i


E. E. Cummings
(Liveright, 1950)

fourth-dimensional abstraction
(E.E. Cummings)


top painting by E.E. Cummings:
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Art Collection,
The University of Texas at Austin.


Joseph Hutchison said...

has a book of cummings's paintings ever been published? if not why not—

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...


In 1931 came CIOPW, which stands for "Charcoal Ink Oil Pencil & Watercolours," a book of black and white reproductions of the poet's artwork. It was in an edition of 391 numbered and signed copies. Ninety-nine works are reproduced—27 drawings and 72 paintings. There's a short one-page preface by EEC, and each artwork has a title, presumably chosen by EEC.

He also wrote children's books.

He also drove an ambulance in the war; then I guess Creeley did the same after him. But not the same ambulance. Or the same war.

Remember — all we did was read him in high school! and now barely anyone says his name.

He mostly signed his name with two "E.E." but I believe we were first drawn to him because of those two lower case "e"s. Hey, who is this guy?
all's well, Bob

Anonymous said...

Yes we did read him in high school and fell in love.

Cheers, edie

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Ah, edie, lucky all of us!

all's well, Bob